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Looking for Richard (1996)

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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

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Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ...
Himself / Dorset
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Himself / Duke of Clarence
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Himself / Richard III
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Director Al Pacino juxtaposes scenes from Richard III, scenes of rehearsals for Richard III, and sessions where parties involved discuss the play, the times that shaped the play, and the events that happened at the time the play is set. Interviews with mostly British actors are also included, attempting to explain why American actors have more problems performing Shakespearean plays than they do. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A four hundred year old work-in-progress.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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En busca de Ricardo III  »

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ITL 322,725,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)

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ITL 408,961,000 (Italy) (21 February 1997)
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Pacino originally wanted to make a straight film of the play, as opposed to a documentary, but he discovered that he would not be able to top Laurence Olivier's 1955 version. See more »

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A celebration of art
6 April 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

From other comments I've read on this movie, one might get the impression that the primary purpose of this documentary is to explain Shakespeare and Richard III. To me, this makes it seem like the documentary falls into the same trap Shakespeare tends to fall into in our culture, that of being medicinal; it tastes bad, but it's good for you. While the movie does give you an insight into Shakespeare and Richard III, that is not its primary value. Like the recent SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, this is a celebration of Shakespeare's art, his wordplay, and his drama, communicated to us here by Pacino, who is a big Shakespeare fan. It also shows how his plays connect with us and with our culture(as one critic said, playing Michael Corleone is a nice preparation for Richard III). The cast pulls the play off with aplomb, and the interviewees make their points without becoming dry, didactic, or condescending. But it's Pacino's show, and he shows not only his great acting talent, but why he's also a great director. And again, this invites us into a celebration of art, rather than repels us by being a lesson.


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