Film and Drama: The Opening Sequence of the Filmed Version of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker (The Guest)
Since very early in cinematic history, stage plays have selVed as sources for motion pictures. One of the first instances of this practice occurred in 1908 when the French movie company Film d'Art produced its inaugural offering, The Assassination of the Duke of Guise. The most famous of these early films, and the first from Film d'Art to be screened in the United States, was the Sarah Bernhardt vehicle, Queen Elizabeth. Featuring members of the Comedie Fran~aise and directed by Louis Mercanton, Queen Elizabeth was released in 1912.