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Directors:
André Calmettes (co-director)
James Keane (co-director)
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Release Date:
15 October 1912 (USA) See more »
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Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
André Calmettes (co-director)
James Keane (co-director)
 
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James Keane 
William Shakespeare  play

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J. Stuart Blackton .... producer
M.B. Dudley .... producer
 

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Also Known As:
"Richard III" - France (original title)
"Mr. Frederick Warde in Shakespeare's Masterpiece 'The Life and Death of King Richard III'" - International (English title) (long title)
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55 min
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Black and White | Color (hand-tinted)
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Thought lost for decades, but a pristine print (believed to be the oldest known complete surviving feature film made in the US) was discovered by a private collector in 1996 and donated to the American Film Institute.See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Creative & Effective Adaptation, 13 February 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Besides its historical importance, this silent screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III" is a pretty good movie in its own right. It has several good features that compensate for the lack of dialogue and the other cinematic limitations of the time. The result is something a bit different from watching the play, but still a good story that does retain much of the emphasis of the original.

The adaptation is noteworthy for the liveliness and the detail that went into most of the scenes. They also made generally good decisions in adapting the story, by high-lighting the parts that would work most effectively on film without dialogue, and also in filming some events that were not actually in the play but to which characters in the play refer. While the lack of dialogue means that the character of Richard is not as complex as he is in the play, Frederick Warde does a good job of making his basic character come out. Some of his scenes work better than you might have expected them to without the advantage of spoken lines. The camera is fixed for each scene, as was then the norm, and it also uses the old-fashioned 'tableau' format, but there are a number of uses of cross-cutting, and there are also a couple of simple tracking shots at effectively chosen moments.

Overall, this is creative for its era, and it works quite well. It deserves to be seen in its own right, as well as for its more well-known historical significance.

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