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The central theme of Richard III is not ambition or ruthlessness but the power of momentum. Richard relies on both physical and rhetorical momentum for his success. Physically, he must always be on the move. Once his movement is stopped he is doomed. Richard makes this abundantly clear in the play and in the film when his transportation is destroyed at the Battle of Bosworth field and he can no longer move. Richard says "a horse a horse,my kingdom for a horse" meaning that without movement he loses the battle and with it his life and his kingdom. This signature death speech is even a bit ironic in the film since it is Richard's jeep that is shot out from him which means that he is speaking metaphorically when he refers to it as a horse. What could be more fitting for a fascist leader?
Momentum is also crucial to Richard's rhetoric. On two occasions in the play, Richard must convince a woman whose husband he has murdered to marry him. Richard accomplishes this the first time by matching each of the widow's arguments with a witty retort until she has none left. But Richard is later unable to do this with the second widow. He begins his confident stream of witty retorts but is flustered by and then outdone by her.Read more ›
Then, mid-sentence, the image cuts again.Read more ›
It is true that Shakespeare is the 'author' of Richard III - of course, much of Shakespeare's authoring involved heavy borrowing, redaction and crafting. This is not to take anything away from Shakespeare's achievement, but rather to prove the adage 'good writers borrow from others; great writers steal from them outright'. However, every production of a Shakespeare play requires modification of some sort; bringing Shakespeare productions to the screen (indeed, bringing any stage-play to the screen) requires a recrafting to suit the medium. McKellan and Loncraine rearranged and edited expertly the play to suit a film.
Richard III has been an enigmatic and controversial character - Shakespeare's play is probably more in keeping with Tudor propaganda against Richard III (from whom they took the throne) rather than actual history; Richard's malformed physical form and malicious character may be fictions, or at least great exaggerations, designed to serve the purpose of bolstering Tudor legitimacy.Read more ›
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The greatest Shakespeare on film there is. From the chilling opening showing the murder of King Henry, to the second scene which manages to clearly delineate the relationships... Read morePublished 27 days ago by C. Michael Ryle
I wanted to have this for my personal library for a long time. Now I own it. I am a modern woman born 1943, in Germany and can certainly relate to the times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Ian Mckellen is the best. His King Lear is amazing as well.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived right on time and had been perfectly described….at a very reasonable cost. The very best version of the Richard III play. McKellan knows how to deliver the language. Read morePublished 5 months ago by shakespeare
A hideous, terrible film of the most depraved and disgusting characters ripped away from the original Shakespeare work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas Little
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