Looking for Richard

1996

Looking for Richard

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Looking for Richard is a smart, fascinating behind-the-scenes look at adapting Shakespeare.

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A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and Hollywood stars (including Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin) gathers to work on the play, Looking for Richard does not present a straightforward filmed version of the scheming, deformed king's rise and fall. Instead, Pacino turns the cameras on the rehearsal process and his own exploration of Shakespeare's history and meaning. Scenes in full costume alternate with readings in street clothes, while interviews gather the opinions on the Bard of everyone from renowned scholars and Shakespearean actors to random New Yorkers. A trip to England allows brief visits to Shakespeare's birthplace and the Globe Theater, but Pacino's focus remains on the United States and his desire to prove that American actors can act the plays without mimicking their British counterparts. Clearly a labor of love for Pacino, the film benefits from his passionate persona and direct, no-nonsense attitude; while the performances may vary in quality, the film manifests a refreshingly casual, unpretentious, and enthusiastic approach to Shakespeare. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Richard III
Harris Yulin
as King Edward
Penelope Allen
as Queen Elizabeth
Alec Baldwin
as Clarence
Kevin Spacey
as Buckingham
Winona Ryder
as Lady Anne
Aidan Quinn
as Richmond
Timmy Prairie
as Prince Edward
Kevin Conway
as Hastings
Larry Bryggman
as Lord Stanley
Phil Parolisi
as Halberd/Messenger
Bruce MacVittie
as 1st Murderer
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as 2nd Murderer
Richard Cox
as Catesby
Julie Moret
as Mistress Shore
Frederic Kimball
as Bishop of Ely
Dan Von Bargen
as Ratcliffe
Ira Lewis
as Tyrell
Neal Jones
as Messenger
Luke Toma
as Messenger
Kevin Kline
as Himself
Emrys Jones
as Himself
Peter Brook
as Himself
Derek Jacobi
as Himself
John Gielgud
as Himself
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