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Introduction to Silent Shakespeare
Introduction to Silent Shakespeare

Introduction to Silent Shakespeare 2016


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Introduction to Silent Shakespeare 2016

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Cheetham

Why did the first filmmakers turn to Shakespeare for inspiration? How can his plays exist ‘without words’ in a silent medium? What could early cinema offer that theatre couldn’t?

With the help of Professor Judith Buchanan from the University of York and Bryony Dixon, the BFI’s silent film curator, this short film explores the unique world of Silent Shakespeare: its genesis, its innovations and its fascinating relationship with the Bard’s work.

Directed by

Oliver Cheetham


Judith Buchanan

Bryony Dixon


Short documentary


Shakespeare on Film




United Kingdom

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