Strife Eternal (1915)

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In the mid-1910s, the United States and Italy weren't the only countries trying their hand at spectacles -- England put out this overblown production about the romance between Edward IV and Jane Shore (played by Blanche Forsyth). Huge sets were built, sticking as close to Medieval accuracy as possible -- and this being England, after all, there was an actual castle available for filming. But it was all pretty stagy, even for 1915, and the lack of a strong directorial vision is sorely felt. In spite of the obvious expense put into this production, it was a good example of why the English were lagging behind in the development of cinema at this point in time.