Still from the lost silent film of Macbeth (Triangle-Reliance, 1916)
Starring Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree & Constance Collier
His first foray into Shakespearean film does survive, however, and gives a taste of what he looked like in motion. In 1899, in what is the first known bit of Shakespeare on film, he performed a scene from King John:
Shakespeare in Silence: Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in King John, 1899
It’s a marvelous look at how acting styles have changed across a hundred years.