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King Lear 1910


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King Lear 1910

14 mins Italy Director. Gerolamo Lo Savio

This Italian take on King Lear quickly followed an alternate 1909 film by America’s Vitagraph company. Both films run approximately ten minutes, but the Italian version is undoubtedly superior for its wise abbreviations (removing the Edgar subplot, for example) and its use of outdoor locations as opposed to Vitagraph’s studio-based production.

With its judicious use of intertitles (thankfully in English here), it’s clear this was a production intended more for general audiences than some of the more scholarly adaptations.

Directed by

Gerolamo Lo Savio


Olga Giannini Novelli

Giannina Chiantoni

Francesca Bertini

Ermete Novelli




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