It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In discussion, Pacino and co. are studying the "*G* of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be," and decide, since it's supposed to refer to Clarence, that they'll change it to "'C" of Edward's heir's." The problem is, the prophecy very deliberately refers to Richard, Duke of GLOUCESTER and Clarence, Duke of GEORGE. With "G" the prophecy is true. If you change it to "C" the prophecy becomes false, and can no longer refer to two people. See more »
A very difficult and rare thing is achieved in this movie : Shakespeare is made entertaining and easy to understand, even in it's 400 year old dialect. Pacino does even more for Shakespeare than Orson Welles did 35 years before him. That said though, the movie seems to have been made in the editing room, quite how much of it's success is down to Pacino, and how much is to the credit of the editor is debatable. If you can't stand Shakespeare, then this is the movie for you.
(Just so you know, Shakespeare was the front man for Christopher Marlowe, a gay Brit exiled in Italy for political reasons. Don't believe me ? Go watch the documentary "Much ado about something")
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