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Richard III

Synopsis
A much shortened record of F.R. Benson’s production filmed at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford in 1911 with Benson as King Richard. The film makes no attempt to be other than what it is, a stationary camera recording of a stage performance. With captions which take up almost half the film footage the narrative still remains unclear. Ball op cit writes ‘This film, then, is stage film at its worst, theatrical rather than cinematic in its methods and effects, a series of incomprehensible illustrations of subjects described by titles, of unrecognisable people doing unintelligible things’.
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1911
Duration
15 mins; 1,385 feet

Credits

Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Alfred BrydoneKing Edward IV
Elinor AickinDuchess of York
Hetty KenyonRichard, the young Duke of York
Murray CarringtonGeorge, Duke of Clarence
Alfred WildMurderer (2)
Alfred WildSir William Catesby
Cecil DightonSir James Blunt
Constance BensonLady Anne
Eric MaxinEarl of Richmond
F. R. BensonRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
George ManshipEarl of Oxford
H. JamesSir James Tyrrel
Harry CaineLord Hastings
J. VictorLord Mayor of London
James BerryGhost of King Henry VI
James MacleanDuke of Norfolk
John Howell (2)Sir Robert Brackenbury
Kathleen YorkeEdward, Prince of Wales
L. RupertSir Richard Ratcliffe
Moffat JohnstonDuke of Buckingham
R.I. ConrickLord Rivers
Victor McClureEarl of Surrey
Violet FarebrotherQueen Elizabeth
Wilfred CaithnessStanley, Earl of Derby

Additional Details

Theatre
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Theatre company
F.R. Benson Company
Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Richard III
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The BFI National Archive viewing copy is 1324ft.
General
The cast is taken from the Company’s performance at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 21 April 1911; not necessarily all those named appear in the film.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp84-8, 322-3). McKernan, Luke and Olwen Terris. Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive. London: BFI, 1994 (p. 136).

Production Company

Name

Co-operative Cinematograph Company

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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