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Richard II (TV Movie 1978)
Biography | Drama | History
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The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch
Richard II (TV Movie 1997)
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Director: Deborah Warner
Stars: Fiona Shaw, Graham Crowden, Richard Bremmer
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The Tragedy of King Richard II - by William Shakespeare. The actions and repercussions of a proud King, whose vanity and selfishness lead to his downfall.

Directors: Richard Cottrell, Toby Robertson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Robert Eddison
Richard II (TV Movie 2003)
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Stars: Andrew Marr, Razia Iqbal, Mark Rylance


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Jay Robinson ...
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Charles Berendt ...
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Lanny Broyles ...
Matt Conley ...
Jay T. Loudenback ...


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A video of what is supposed to be an Elizabethan style production
1 October 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I've thought about this video a few times since I saw it, mostly because I've been undecided as to whether it works or not. In the end, I am swayed by my rereading of the play to feel it does work. The key to seeing it this way is to recognize that Shakespeare's King Richard II is an exceedingly vain monarch, acting always without considering the repercussions of his sometimes thoughtless actions. David Birney captures this vanity quite well in the first half of the play, and continues in this vein into the final act, where the words are thoughtful, but it is easy to read into them a final grandiose vanity.

I prefer Derek Jacobi's performance, but I think it worth an interested viewer's time to compare the two, because they are very different in their affect.

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