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The Life and Death of King Richard III (1912)
"Richard III" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  15 October 1912 (USA)
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Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne.

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Gemp ...
Frederick Warde ...
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterward Richard III
Albert Gardner ...
James Keane ...
George Moss ...
Howard Stuart ...
Virginia Rankin ...
Violet Stuart ...
Carey Lee ...
Carlotta De Felice ...
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Shakespeare's tragedy of the hump-backed Duke of Gloucester, who rises to the throne of England by chicanery, treachery, and brilliance, only to find that his own methods have prepared the groundwork for his downfall. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Far from being a representation of a typical stage production of the play when the film was made, star Frederick Warde related in his autobiography that "I found the action of the camera necessitated entirely different methods of acting from the stage. Spontaneity must be replaced by deliberation and concentrated expression take the place of words. I had much to learn and considerable to unlearn but the director and photographer were very considerate, although my ignorance of the necessities of the camera must have tried their patience almost to the limit." See more »

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Symptom of its Time
3 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Credited as the earliest complete feature-length American film known to still exist and restored by the American Film Institute, "The Life and Death of King Richard III" is otherwise of little value. Rarely is Shakespeare nearly as boring. Yes, the film is a symptom of its time; I also watched "Queen Elizabeth" (1912) today (it wasn't a very good day), and both are arid and static adaptations from the stage, histrionic acting included, but without sound, or any other qualities of the theatre. Films such as these, however, were coincident with films by others like D.W. Griffith; one can easily see which was advancing the medium and which was hampering it.


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