Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History

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Routledge, Jul 18, 2013 - Performing Arts - 440 pages

In 1899, when film projection was barely three years old, Herbert Beerbohm Tree was filmed as King John. In his highly entertaining history, Robert Hamilton Ball traces in detail the fate of Shakespeare on silent films from Tree’s first effort until the establishment of sound in 1929. The silent films brought Shakespeare to a wide public who had never had the chance to see his plays in the theatre. And Shakespeare gave the film makers an air of respectability that was badly needed by a medium with a reputation for frivolity.

This work, first published in 1968, brings history to life with excerpts from scenarios, from reviews and from contemporary film journals, and with reproduction of stills and frames from the films themselves, including unusual shots of leading screen actors. This is a valuable source book for film experts, enhanced by full notes, bibliography and indexes; a fresh approach for Shakespeareans; and a vivid sketch of a world that has passed for all.

 

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Contents

To the Reader
British
ILLUSTRATIONS
Shakespeare by Vitagraph 19081911
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Others American 19081911
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Trees King John 1899
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Maurice films at the Phono CinémaThéâtre 1900
iii
English Films 19081911
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Vitagraph As You Like It1912
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Thanhouser Merchant ofVenice1912
59
Milano Winters Tale 1913
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Eclipse Shylock 1913
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FilmIndustrie Macbeth 1913
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The Continent 19081911 VI Increase theReels 1912 to WorldWar I VII VisionsDid Appear During theWar VIII Let Me Have Leaveto Speak 1920to...
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Hepworth Hamlet 1913
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Kalem Nina of the Theatre 1914
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Messter Othello ca 1907
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Vitagraph Romeo and Juliet 1908
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Vitagraph Othello 1908 9 Vitagraph Midsummer Nights Dream
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1909
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Vitagraph Twelfth Night1909 11 Biograph Taming oftheShrew 1908
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ThanhouserRomeo andJuliet 1911 14 Barker HenryVIII1911 15 Cooperative Richard III1911 16 Film dArt Macbeth 1910
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Hamlet1910
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Nordisk Hamlet1910 22 Kineto JuliusCaesar ca 1910
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Film dArte Italiana Romeoand Juliet1911
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Universal Merchant of Venice 1914
1915
Ambrosio Othello1914 42 TriangleReliance Macbeth 1916 43 Metro Romeo and Juliet 1916 44 Fox Romeo and Juliet 1916
1916
Thanhouser KingLear 1916 46 Broadwest MerchantofVenice 1916 47 Rodolfi Hamlet 1917 48 Alliance Carnival 1921
1921
Goldwyn Doubling for Romeo 1921 50 First NationalDayDreams 1922 51 Famous PlayersLasky Triumph1924 52 First National Bluebeards Seven ...
1925
ArtFilm Hamlet 1920
1928
WörnerFilm Othello 1922 55 andColonial TamingoftheShrew 1923 56 Peter Paul FelnerFilm Merchant ofVenice 1923
1923
Neumann Midsummer Nights Dream 1925
1929
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