It's a testament to the enduring legacy of William Shakespeare, that centuries after his death his stories continue to be endlessly adapted for the silver screen in new and interesting ways. Arguably one of the more unusual film adaptations of the Bard's work is a 1911 film based on a then recent stage adaptation of Henry VIII directed by Herbert Beerbohm Tree and William Barker.
You see, to maximise the hype surrounding the film and sell it as a legitimate art form, Barker boldly claimed that production was so lavishly expensive that no single distributor could possibly afford to buy it outright and that he would instead only be selling the rental rights. Additionally, Barker announced, to ensure fans would only see a "pristine" copy of the film, he'd personally destroy all 20 copies after either 28 days or 6 weeks depending on which source you consult.
True to his word, Barker personally set ablaze every single copy of the film in existence in front of a large crowd of reporters a short while later to ensure it'd never again see the light of day.