Richard III (1911)

An fairly uncinematic adaptation of the play – basically just a stationary camera covering a staging of some scenes from the play, with intertitles covering the most operative lines from the text.

I’d forgive it all that because of its great age, but I just today saw a 1912 adaptation of the same play that was a lot more lively, creative, and cinematic.

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It’s certainly an interesting historical artifact, but not a compelling film the way that 1912 adaptation is. That said, there is something charming about seeing Shakespeare’s second-longest play covered in just twenty-two minutes, and some of the performances are enjoyable in their physicality. I give it two and a half nephews, and an offered blade.

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