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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (1917, William Wauer)

TitleDie lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Release LocationsGermany
DirectorWilliam Wauer
Play ConnectionsThe Merry Wives of Windsor (musical)


It may sound oxymoronic to speak of a "silent film/musical" but this Wives seems to have been more an adaptation of Otto Nicolai's operatic version of Shakespeare's play than of Shakespeare's play itself. It should also be remembered that silent filmmakers were as fond of adapting operas to the screen as of using Shakespeare's plays. Live pianists, organists and even full orchestras filled in the silences

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorWilliam Wauer

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell