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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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Plot:
Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not horrible for 1912, but pretty much unwatchable today 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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Runtime:
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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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not horrible for 1912, but pretty much unwatchable today, 23 August 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This was a very, very early full-length film. According to the video box, it was the first full-length American-made film, but that is debatable--as several films have made that claim and exactly what constitutes "full-length" is pretty vague. Regardless, I have to commend the cast for trying something unique and epic, though in today's light the film is a totally boring mess and only of interest to cinephiles. Instead of the modern notion of story-telling and action, the crew was breaking new ground and made a bizarre film that appears more like a series of vignettes instead of a coherent film. Instead of a moving and evolving narrative like we are used to, the film was made with a real-life traveling acting troop. But, instead of having them act out the story, the film shows inter-title cards that describe what has occurred and the cast pose like they are going to be photographed or just make a few minimal movements or actions until the next card appears to describe an all-new scene. It's almost like looking at a series of stereoscope cards that move just a little and all together tell a very, very dull story. Very static and horrid to watch, it DID try something different and this is an amazingly important film historically--I just would NEVER want to have to watch it again!

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