Richard III

Richard III

DVD - 2000
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In 1930's Britain, in the wake of a bloody civil war, the younger brother of the new King sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the throne for himself. Updated version of Shakespeare's tale.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780792844044
Branch Call Number: DVD RICHARD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English (surround) and French (mono) language soundtracks with subtitles available in English, French and Spanish
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired


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Aug 08, 2018

Supremely talented character actor Sir Ian McKellen plays one of Shakespeare's most iconic villains as a perversely charismatic monster full of both intelligent ambition and ruthless cruelty. The juxtaposition between the fascist imagery and the hedonistic life of early 20th century British high society is heavy handed, but it still works well. Richard III has a great number of people to either shove aside or outright have killed to get to the throne, and the aristocrats who think of themselves as living on a higher moral plane than the common folk get a rather rude awakening.

Although the frank sexuality and constant violence mean that this isn't for everyone, the film remains one of the best movie adaptations of Shakespeare's work. This version of Richard III has much in common with the likes of Hannibal Lecter and other predatory film icons. He immediately pulls one in while still being utterly devious, making this absolutely worth watching.

Feb 21, 2015

The character of Richard 3rd is played very well, but the adaptation is marred by the oddities of a melange of caricatures of 1930's Europe.


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