Richard III (1955)

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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.


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  • Laurence Olivier in Richard III (1955)
  • Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson in Richard III (1955)
  • Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson in Richard III (1955)
  • Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson in Richard III (1955)
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5 October 2005 | charliem251
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| Excellent , hilarious ,powerfull ,dark .vintage.
One of Olivier's most notable performances which set a precedent for how the role should be played. The eccentricity of the ambitious, crippled and sadistic, Richard of Gloucester makes for a surprisingly funny yet dark tragedy.

Olivier's expertise in stage technique, married with an exceptional talent, makes for shots that last for more than a minute before the cut while he delivers the goods to camera.Set mainly in a castle ,simple but true to stage, with powerful monologues from all concerned.The dialect used is easier for the novice Shakespearian to understand than it is in some other such plays.

The ultimate treacherer who can,"add colours to the camelian and set the murderous Machiavelli to school".He makes no secret to the audience of his villainous disposition.Likewise the role makes no secret of Sir Larry's brilliance. Filled with classic lines such as,"a horse ..my kingdom for a horse!" and ,"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer..." . this film ,true to Shakespeare's other work has the mixture of tragedy and comedy, historic fact meets convenient fiction with a splash of romantic betrayal.. Utterly outrageous !

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