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Richard III

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4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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An astounding rediscovery of the cinema, Richard III is the earliest surviving American feature film, newly discovered and restored to its original brilliance through the American Film Institute, with a haunting orchestral score by composer Ennio Morricone. Produced as a vehicle for Frederick Warde, a legendary stage actor of the 19th Century, Richard III was the most ambitious Shakespearian adaptation to date. The film not only attempts to honor the intricacies of the original play, it flavors the drama with spectacular crowd scenes and rich color tints. Richard III offers a fresh glimpse at a time when Shakespeare wasn't strictly the domain of scholars but was a source of popular entertainment, "when Americans didn't have to be spoon-fed a great dramatist but were united in their passion for one who gave them characters who mirrored their own complex humanity, not to mention sublime poetry, along with requisite doses of sex and violence." (Frank Rich, The New York Times)

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A genuine treasure for film collectors, this 1912 version of Richard III is an artifact to cherish. Donated to the American Film Institute by film collector William Buffum in 1995, this hand-tinted vehicle for noted thespian Frederick Warde was thought to have been lost forever. Restored to remarkably good condition (despite some ghostly shimmering due to nitrate deterioration), it now survives as the oldest American feature, still impressive in the way it distills Shakespeare's play, through action and descriptive title cards, while retaining its dramatic essence. Director James Keane's camera is hopelessly static compared to D.W. Griffith's innovative work from the same period, and in the title role Warde is prone to grandiose theatrics that were unnecessary even in 1912 (after all, film acting was still in its infancy). And yet, with its evocative latter-day score by Ennio Morricone, this is a vivid and valuable film, offering ample proof that movies were rapidly maturing. --Jeff Shannon

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Special features

  • "Rediscovering Richard": a 17-minute documentary
  • Frederick Warde on Richard III (quoted from The Brooklyn Eagle, 1912)

Product details

  • Actors: Carlotta De Felice, Albert Gardner, Robert Gemp, Carey Lee, George Moss
  • Directors: André Calmettes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JH9F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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