“King Lear” ( Italian: Re Lear , 1910) is a silent Italian short feature film directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio , a film adaptation of the tragedy of the same name by W. Shakespeare .
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|Producer||Gerolamo Lo Savio|
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|Film company||Film d'Arte Italiana|
The film in several episodes reproduces in pantomime the shortened plot of the King Lear tragedy. The following is a episodic painting of the plot of the film.
King Lear decides to divide the kingdom between his three daughters. Goneril and Regan falsely assure him of their love and each receive their own share of the kingdom. The youngest daughter Cordelia refuses to lie to her father and because of this expelled them and was given in marriage to the king of France. Kent, trying to intercede for Cordelia, is also exiled.
Gonerilla expels Lear and his retinue, including the disguised Kent, from his castle. Lear curses her and decides to go to Regan.
Kent, sent to Regan, encounters the messenger of Gonerilla at the gate and starts a quarrel with him. As a result, he finds himself in pads. Arrived Lear is offended and demands an explanation from Regan. Goneril arrives. Lear understands that he also has nothing to expect from his second daughter, and leaves with the jester and Kent.
In the wasteland, Lear compares Regan’s heart with a stone. The Jester and Kent console him. Lear is gradually losing his mind.
The French king and Cordelia learn about the misfortune that befell the king, and send for him.
The messenger catches Lyra in a dull condition and falling into childhood.
Lyra is taken to the camp of Cordelia. When he sees his daughter, he wakes up, recognizes her and Kent.
Lear and Cordelia are captured by the soldiers of Goneril. On her orders, Cordelia was killed. French troops and Kent liberate Lear, who grieve over the body of his daughter.
- The film is part of a series of silent film productions of Shakespearean plays by the Italian studio Film d'Arte Italiana, in which Othello (1909) and Venetian Merchant (1910) were also released.
- The film was released in the rental “in color” - the frames were hand-painted. Most of the painted footage has been preserved and entered the DVD edition of Shakespeare's silent film adaptation of Silent Shakespeare.
- The role of Lear is highlighted by the actor Ermete Novelli , who brilliantly managed to convey the most expressive and memorable fragments of the Shakespearean text through pantomime.