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King Lear 1909


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King Lear 1909

13 mins USA Director. William V. Ranous

Vitagraph’s film of King Lear may not be as successful as its contemporaneous Italian cousin from 1910, attempting to cram in too much of the play for its brief running time. But the film still contains some interesting effects, such as the storm that’s suggested by ragged scratchings into the film itself.

Despite its shortcomings the film has a certain wild vigour that harks back to nineteenth-century melodramatic conventions.

The version presented here is from a German release print with intertitles that are unfortunately untranslated.

Directed by

William V. Ranous


William V. Ranous


Costume drama


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