Shakespeare Adaptation Released in US and France
Most movies are “one-reelers”, a reel of film being 1,000ft in length and running about 10 – 17 minutes. There were early attempts at longer film including a Passion Play in France and recorded prize fights. THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG is an Australian film made in 1906 and the first dramatic feature film based on length running 60 minutes. The first feature-length adaptation was Les Misérables which was released in 1909. In 1912 there have been two feature length films released – OLIVER TWIST and FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS.
On October 15, 1912 RICHARD III was released with a running time of 55 minutes. It is a US/French production by Film D’Art .