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Looking for Richard
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Directed By
Al Pacino

Cast:
Dominic Chianese, Paul Guilfoyle, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Aidan Quinn, F. Murray Abraham, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Conway, John Gielgud, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Estelle Parsons, Vanessa Redgrave, Harris Yulin, Penelope Allen, Al Pacino

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Looking for Richard (1996)
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Movie Review by Teresa
July 1st, 2011

I am a deep appreciator of the arts. Film, stage, music, sculpture, what have you I believe it is fundamental that an individual seek and explore culture. Shakespeare is one British cultural icon I do recommend. I may not, at times, be completely aware of conversation as worded in the dialogue of the deceased William Shakespeare's work, however, I do grasp the overall intention his words bring. The beauty and strong feeling of the language is unlike any other. The message to appreciate and open oneself to the world of Shakespeare is nicely hand delivered to the audience as they engage in watching "Looking for Richard".
"Looking for Richard" is a documentary directed by and starring one of the greats, and my favorite, Al Pacino. Perhaps you could say I'm a bit bias of a film in which my favorite actor directs and stars; however, I tell you regardless of my personal draw to this documentary it is most definitely a piece worth viewing. The acting is off the charts and the conversation between the documentary crew is also equally enjoyable. I personally felt as if I was sitting around the table with the men and women featured in "Looking for Richard". And I couldn't begin to invent a grander table setting than the one brought to the audience in this special feature. With big screen names like that of: Kevin Spacey, James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, and Kevin Kline this picture may even strike up an interest in Shakespeare for the Shakespeare illiterate.
In this 1996 documentary Pacino meanders around the streets of Manhattan, New York questioning all sorts about Shakespeare to get a better idea of why or why not people enjoy the playwright's work. From the average joe on the street, to scholars, to Pacino himself the audience gets a Shakespearian viewpoint from all spectrums. Pacino gets to the core in this piece of work to see what people know about the British playwright and pick the brains of those that are considered, in many circles, experts on the matter. Pacino also offers many of his own thoughts about the meanings of the eloquent iambic pentameter.
"Looking for Richard" isn't just a film with a camera crew asking questions though. This documentary also plays out the timeless production of "Richard the III". Richard III is a story of a deformed royal that refuses to be a shadow and essentially kills his way to the crown. Pacino portrays the lead role of King Richard flawlessly and has a glorious set of actors to help take "Richard III" from the stage to the screen. The power and emotion brought to the audience is typical to what an Al Pacino fan would expect, but with foreboding words like "My kingdom for a horse" the expectations are surpassed and will leave the body comfortably numb.

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