Richard III, Shakespeare's gripping drama of power, lust and betrayal, becomes accessible to a broader audience in this critically-acclaimed film, which marks the directional debut of Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino. Pacino assembled an all-star cast including Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, and Aidan Quinn. The camera follows the cast and crew throughout rehearsals, eaves dropping on the behind-the-scenes process that goes into creating characters and mounting a production. With appearances from Sir John Gielgud, Kenneth Branagh, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Kevin Kline.
A documentary not a play
- Looking for Richard review by JD
I thought that this would be Al Pacino doing Richard III. If you are aware that it is a documentary about making Shakespeare accessible particularly to Americans and how a serious method actor becomes involved with a play this is well worth watching. There is only about 3 minutes of Spacey which I found strange and 10 minutes of play footage which I would have preferred to know beforehand.
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An enthusiastic approach to Shakespeare
- Looking for Richard review by BE
Obviously a labour of love for Al Pacino directing this docu/play of Richard III. Immensely enjoyable but a lot longer than the specified 107 minutes.