I managed to take another look at the silent version of The Tempest that I had mentioned earlier. Spinster Aunt's list of silent movies for people who [think that they] don't like silent movies contained no Shakespeare films—scandalous!—and I wanted to recommend one.
I actually recommended a 1920 silent German version of Hamlet (more on that later), but I've been thinking that I should have mentioned this again. Thinking back on it, I thought it was about thirty minutes long. It's actually only twelve or thirteen. They managed to put so much in in such a short amount of time!
Naturally, as Spinster Aunt remarks, the language of Shakespeare is, for the most part, lost in a silent film . . . but that's part of what makes these films so remarkable as films.
Anyway, more on all that later. I keep having to remind myself that this is a MicroBlog and that my posts should be shorter.
p.s. And it also has fabulous title cards. Look at that color in "The dicsovery of Caliban" above! Wow!
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