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Cymbeline: Two reels, March 28, 1913.
Print source: George Eastman House, 22 minutes 15 seconds.
Energetic cinematic pacing and intimacy show rapidly improving narrative technique and realism well beyond the limitations of the stage.
Directed by Lucius J. Henderson. Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare. Photographed by Arthur A. Cadwell.
Cast: Florence LaBadie (Imogen), James Cruze (Leonatus), William Garwood (Iachimo), William Russell (King Cymbeline), Jean Darnell (the Queen).
Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher (thanhouser.org/people/Rayb.htm).
Southern California locations vividly suggest both elemental pre-Roman Britain and classical Rome. An energetic cinematic pacing and intimacy show rapidly improving narrative technique and realism well beyond the limitations of the stage. Especially cinematic are the bedchamber scene in the first reel, with its intimate cinematography and acting and special lighting effect, and the battle scene of the second reel, considered very effective in its day.
This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org