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Richard III (1912)

Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne.

Directors:

André Calmettes (co-director), James Keane (co-director)

Writers:

James Keane, William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Gemp Robert Gemp ... King Edward IV
Frederick Warde ... Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterward Richard III
Albert Gardner Albert Gardner ... Prince Edward of Lancaster
James Keane James Keane ... Earl of Richmond
George Moss George Moss ... Tressel
Howard Stuart Howard Stuart ... Edward
Virginia Rankin Virginia Rankin ... York, brother of Edward
Violet Stuart Violet Stuart ... Lady Anne Plantagenet
Carey Lee Carey Lee ... Queen Elizabeth
Carlotta De Felice Carlotta De Felice ... Princess Elizabeth of York
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Shakespeare's tragedy of the hump-backed Duke of Gloucester, who rises to the throne of England by chicanery, treachery, and brilliance, only to find that his own methods have prepared the groundwork for his downfall. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

III. Richárd See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

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Black and White | Color (hand-tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1998, renowned composer Ennio Morricone recorded a new score for the film. See more »

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Version of Rikhard III (1985) See more »

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Not horrible for 1912, but pretty much unwatchable today
23 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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