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Richard III 1911

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Richard III 1911

20 mins United Kingdom

The Co-operative Cinematograph produced this abbreviated record of the legendary F.R Benson’s production, filmed at the Stratford’s Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Originally one of a series of Shakespeare films from Benson’s company, which included Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew, this film is the only one known to survive.

A literal recording with a fixed camera and short explanatory titles from the play, it’s a fascinating record of a swaggering performance, but was not intended to be anything other than that.

As such, it falls short as a cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare, but offers a valuable record of a performer knighted by King George for his Shakespeare productions.

Featuring

Alfred Brydone

James Berry

Constance Benson

Elinor Aickin

Frank Benson

Genres

Drama

Collection

Shakespeare on Film

Released

1911

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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