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1911: Frank R. Benson

1912: André Calmettes, James Keane

1955: Laurence Olivier

1960: Michael Hayes

1983: Jane Howell

1995: Richard Longcraine

2008: Scott Anderson


Related

1994: Natalya Orlova (animated)

1996: Looking for Richard

2014: NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage


Looking for Richard
2008: Al Pacino

A documentary that emerged in the course of an apparently incomplete attempt to mount a production of Richard III in New York, this is one of the more fascinating pieces both in exploring the play itself and also in seeing how actors take the play on.

As such it is a mix of the amazingly insightful and the curiously wrong-headed. There are fragments of the paly planted here and there throughout, and at their best they are among the best pieces of Shakespeare (certainly of Richard III I have seen. Pacino himself is quite impressive; fragments with Penelope Allen as Queen Elizabeth are formidable.

The film is also a great piece of promotion for Shakespeare. Acting and staging scenes are interleaved with man-on-the-street interviews with those who have no idea who Shakespeare was and others who praise him (while still apparently somewhat vague on what he had to say).

At the same time, certain confusions betray the fact that nobody involved in the production seems to have understood what Shakespeare was up to. At one point, the cast is reading through the play and musing over the prophecy that is being used as the pretext for jailing Clarence: (“...but, as I can learn, he hearkens after prophecies and dreams; and from the cross-row plucks the letter “G”, and says a wizard told him that by “G” his issue disinherited should be; and, for my name of George begins with “G”, it follows in his thought that I am he.”) Having puzzled at this for a while, Pacino and a few others agree that “the letter G” should be amended to “the letter C” to make its reference to Clarence less confusing for modern audiences. It would of course do so (and would have done so for the original audience as well), but it completely overlooks the important fact that though prophecies are quite often misunderstood in Shakespeare, they never really go unfulfilled: and while George, Duke of Clarence, has in fact nothing to do with disinheriting Edward’s sons, Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, most certainly does.

There is some crude language that may be a problem for some viewers.


1st Murderer: Bruce MacVittie

2nd Murderer: Paul Guilfoyle

Bishop of Ely: Frederic Kimball

Catesby: Richard Cox

Halberd; Messenger: Phil Parolisi

Herself; Queen Elizabeth: Penelope Allen

Himself; Dorset: Gordon MacDonald

Himself; Duke of Clarence: Alec Baldwin

Himself; Earl of Buckingham: Kevin Spacey

Himself; Grey: Vincent Angell

Himself; Hastings: Kevin Conway

Himself; King Edward: Harris Yulin

Himself; Lord Stanley: Larry Bryggman

Himself; Richard III: Al Pacino

Himself; Rivers: Madison Arnold

Lady Anne: Winona Ryder

Lord Ellis : James Bulleit

Lovel: James Colby

Margaret: Estelle Parsons

Messenger: André Sogliuzzo

Messenger: Luke Toma

Messenger: Neal Jones

Mistress Shore: Julie Moret

Prince Edward: Timmy Prairie

Ratcliffe : Daniel von Bargen

Richmond: Aidan Quinn

Soldier: Marlon Pollick

Tyrell: Ira Lewis

Young Prince: Landon Prairie


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Barbara Everett

Clare Holman

Damien Leake

David Saltzman

Derek Jacobi

Dominic Chianese

Don Berry

Ed Setrakian

Elaine Kory

Emrys Jones

Esther Gregory

F. Murray Abraham

Gil Bellows

Hayley Barr

Heathcote Williams

Jaime Sánchez

James Earl Jones

Johann Carlo

John Gielgud

Joyce Ebert

Judith Malina

Kate Burton

Kenneth Branagh

Kevin Kline

Kyle Smyth

Linda Iannella Scott

Linda Selman

Michael Hadge

Michael Maloney

Nicholas Berry

Paul Gleason

Peter Brook

Robin Berry

Rosemary Harris

Vanessa Redgrave

Viveca Lindfors