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King John (1899)

King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Herbert Beerbohm Tree (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Herbert Beerbohm Tree Herbert Beerbohm Tree ... King John
Dora Tulloch Dora Tulloch ... Prince Henry (as Dora Senior)
Charles Sefton Charles Sefton ... Arthur
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Earl of Pembroke (as James Fisher)
S.A. Cookson S.A. Cookson ... Earl of Salisbury
Franklyn McLeay Franklyn McLeay ... Hubert de Burgh
Lewis Waller ... Philip Faulconbridge
Julia Neilson ... Constance
William Mollison William Mollison ... Philip, King of France
Gerald Lawrence Gerald Lawrence ... Lewis, the Dauphin
Louis Calvert Louis Calvert ... Cardinal Pandulph
Norman McKinnel Norman McKinnel ... Lymoges
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Storyline

Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Release Date:

20 September 1899 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beerbohm Tree, the Great English Actor See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(full) | (extant)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first known film of a William Shakespeare work. Only one of the four scenes is extant, Scene Three, showing King John dying from poisoning. Scene One depicted John inducing Hubert to kill Arthur, Scene Two, Constance's grief at the loss of Arthur and the last Scene, Four, portrayed John's death. See more »

Quotes

King John: Ay marry, now my soul hath elbow room,/ It would not out at windows, nor at doors,/ There is so hot a summer in my bosom,/ That all my bowels crumble up to dust:/ I am a scribbled form drawn with a pen/ Upon a parchment, and against this fire/ Do I shrink up.
Prince Henry: How fares your Majesty?
King John: Poison'd, ill fare: dead, forsook, cast off,/ And none of you will bid the winter come/ To thrust his icy fingers in my maw;/ Nor let my kingdom's rivers take their course/ Through my burn'd bosom: nor entreat the ...
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Alternate Versions

Scene Three only [International distribution, 1899+] See more »

Connections

Version of The Life and Death of King John (1984) See more »

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What's the point ? (web)
9 October 2016 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

It's a silent movie but it's also labeled as the 1st Shakespeare adaptation ! For me, it's a bit illogical ! Shakespare wrote plays so dialogues whereas here you have just the characters without their lines ! And for sure, as it's still 1 minute time, you can imagine that the action is very condensed ! I didn't read the play but watching those sixty seconds, i suppose King John is dying in company of dear friends and soldiers. But it's not peaceful as he seems very tormented, nearly crazy ! However to shoot a play was a bit intelligent back then because the camera still doesn't move and the stage is reduced to a big backdrop and a few props. So baby cinema was just like that: a play like in the real theater but with no sound!


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