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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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Excellent early American feature See more (7 total) »

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Directed by
André Calmettes (co-director)
James Keane (co-director)
 
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James Keane 
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
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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In 1998, renowned composer Ennio Morricone recorded a new score for the film.See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Excellent early American feature, 25 February 2009
Author: sean4554

Watching Shakespeare without dialog isn't as challenging as you might think. Indeed, this 1912 film manages to condense the play neatly and still retains much of the power of the piece without hearing - or even reading - the words. Much of the success of "Richard III" is due to the vivid characterization by Frederick Warde, but his costars are excellent too. The direction is basic, of course, and every so often director-star James Keane wastes precious time (what's up with that long semi-tracking shot of the ship?), but generally his work is more than adequate. Comparing Keane's work here to the pioneering 1911 Italian feature "L'Inferno", it's clear that the American did have knowledge of what was going on elsewhere, even if he (of course) fell far short of what D.W. Griffith was already doing. Overall, "Richard III" will be of considerable interest to silent-film fans as well as stage performers interested in viewing the work of 19th century master Warde. Otherwise, I doubt this movie will thrill many other viewers. But I could be wrong; check it out for yourself.

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