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Re Lear (1910)

King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters. The oldest two daughters fawn insincerely over their father, and get most of his possessions. The youngest daughter, ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerolamo Lo Savio

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ermete Novelli ... King Lear
Francesca Bertini ... Cordelia
Olga Giannini Novelli Olga Giannini Novelli ... King Lear's Daughter
Giannina Chiantoni Giannina Chiantoni ... King Lear's Daughter
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King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters. The oldest two daughters fawn insincerely over their father, and get most of his possessions. The youngest daughter, Cordelia, is much less lavish in her displays of affection, and disappoints her father. But events soon lead the old king to find out how each of his daughters really feels about him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 December 1910 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey Lear See more »

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Film d'Arte Italiana See more »
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Silent

Color:

Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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lovely hand-tinted print
18 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This Italian version of King Lear is memorable mainly because of the primitive hand-tinting, which remains bright and good to look at. In the lead, Ermente Novelli is touching and mesmerising, while Francesca Bertini is a charming and naive Cordelia. Novelli's wife plays one of the other daughters.

Silent Shakespeare productions were curious since these plays do rely so much on their message being conveyed by the use of dialogue. That short examples like this one still work when nearly a century has passed is staggering. The BFI are to be particularly commended in making productions like 'Re Lear' available on home video.


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