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Richard III
Directed by André Calmettes
James Keane
Produced by J. Stuart Blackton
M.B. Dudley
Written by James Keane
William Shakespeare
Starring Robert Gemp
Frederick Warde
Distributed by States Rights Independent Exchanges
Release date(s) October 15, 1912
Running time 55 min.
Country France
United States
Language English
Budget $30,000 (estimated)

Richard III (1912) is a 55-minute film adaptation of Shakespeare's play, starring Frederick Warde as the title character. The film, a French/U.S. coproduction, was produced by Film d'Art and released through the independent states rights film distribution system. The film was directed by French film director André Calmettes, who had previously directed the films The Assassination of the Duke of Guise (1908) with a score composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, La Tosca (1909) based on the play by Victorien Sardou, and La Dame aux Camélias (1910) with Sarah Bernhardt. Richard III was adapted from Shakespeare's original by playwright James Keane, who also served as co-director and actor.

In 1996, a pristine print of the film was found by a private collector and donated to the American Film Institute. It is considered to be the earliest surviving American feature film.[1]

On June 26, 2001, Kino International released the film on DVD, which includes a 17-minute documentary film Rediscovering Richard: Looking Back on a Forgotten Classic.


  1. ^ IMDB and AFI websites

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