King John (1899) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's King John (791 words)

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Kaitlyn Culliton (Trinity College Dublin)
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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s King John. Directed by William Kennedy Dickson and Walter Pfeffer Dando. Starring Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Dora Senior. Black and white. British Mutoscope and Biograph company, 1899. Digitally remastered from the Original 35mm Nitrate Materials by the British Film Institute’s National Film and Television Archive, 1999.

This first cinematic Shakespearean adaptation by the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company (BMBC) now only survives in fragmentary form. The original film premiered at the Palace Theatre of Varieties on September 20, 1899. Its premiere ran concurrently with the opening night of Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s stage production at Her Majesty&r…

Citation: Culliton, Kaitlyn. "King John (1899) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's King John". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2019 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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