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Director Al Pacino juxtaposes scene's 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
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Before finally settling on a studio, Al Pacino's final choices were Miramax Films and Fox Searchlight. Harvey Weinstein who had seen the film in its rawest footage, loved the film and really wanted it badly. Pacino chose Fox because Tom Rothman who was the then head of Fox Searchlight loved the film as well and oversaw the project until he was promoted to the head of the studio. It was a decision that Pacino regretted as he was left alone without any basic help as the studio's new regime was forming into place. See more »
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A perfect example of the Shakespearean complex and relevance..
Being an actor, thus not only interested in but bewitched by Shakespeare and his genius, this movie is a wonderful paper on how his text and drama applies to all in all times. Pacino with friends and colleagues Bulleit and Berry (I think) try to digest the soul of the words and make them digestible to the everyday Joe. It's a riveting tale of the grand emotions that we all possess, but rarely express in this time and age and I deeply thank Pacino and his magnificent crew for taking us on this journey. Keep an eye out for the beggar who - in an unprecedented and most sincere way - tells us how Shakespeare lets us in on the secret how life is supposed to be lived and then walks off-camera and asks a businessman for a penny. 10 out of 10. And thank you.
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