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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, ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerolamo Lo Savio

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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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 »

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Film d'Arte Italiana See more »
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Silent

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Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

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1.33 : 1
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Poor by today's standards, but for the time period it's pretty good
18 October 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have seen quite a few very early Shakespeare films--probably because I am some sort of masochist!! Just think about it--there were many silent versions of Shakepeare's plays made around the turn of the 19th century that lasted from three to twenty minutes long--not nearly enough time to do any of his plays any justice at all. It's like trying to condense the Encyclopedia Brittanica into a bumper sticker!! And given the low production values of the average picture of the time and generally poor acting, the films aren't especially watchable today like those of early film geniuses like Georges Méliès. However, for a bad early version of Shakepeare, this is among the best because at least a novice will have a general idea of what the play was about when the movie concludes and it's nice to see a hand painted color film--I have got to admire all the hard work that went into making it.


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