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Oh'phelia A Cartoon Burlesque

Oh'phelia A Cartoon Burlesque
Oh'phelia A Cartoon Burlesque

Film Details

Year

1919

Duration

10 minutes

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Period and Historical, Short Films, Silent

Language

No Dialogue


Synopsis

Early silent animation pioneer Anson Dyer takes the story of William Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet' and transposes it to cut-out animation in this early silent short. Almost like a pantomime, Dyer takes a small portion of Shakespeare’s play and fills it full of slapstick gags that see Ophelia falling into a river and Hamlet giving her dad a kick up the backside. A fascinating window into how artists were already finding ways to re-tell Shakespeare’s stories during the early days of cinema and animation. 

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