Friday, August 12, 2011

The Winter's Tale - 1910

The Winter's Tale: One reel of approximately 1,000 feet, May 27, 1910
The first of six Shakespeare films released by Thanhouser.
Print source: Library of Congress, 12 minutes 35 seconds.
Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan and Gertrude Thanhouser,
based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Cast: Anna Rosemond (Queen of Sicilia), Martin Faust (King of Sicilia), Frank H. Crane (King of Bohemia), Amelia Barleon (Princess of Sicilia), Alfred Hanlon (Prince of Bohemia).
Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher (​people/​Rayb.htm).
"The Winter’s Tale" was just the 13th or 14th title from the studio in its first nine weeks of releases. A handful of dramatic scenes from the play are presented in simple cinematic style with particular artistry in costumes and sets. This is the first Shakespearean adaptation by any American independent producer.
Nitrate deterioration in this print is typical of the chemical problem that has destroyed thousands of pre-1950 film negatives and prints.

For futher information on films by Thanhouser, visit the site above. Let’s keep memories of this great studio alive.

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