King Lear (1910)

Fascinating short film adapting King Lear.

The hand-tinted colouring is striking, otherworldly, the quality of the transfer and the level the performances are pitched at, the tight constraint of the frame, all coming together to make a dreamlike, fairytale-esque take on the tragedy. The story is extremely condensed but the performances do an admirable job getting through what characterisation and pathos again. The intertitles less so, as they are understandably overstuffed.

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A fascinating adaption overall, with memorable colours. Three twigs, and a fool.


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