Richard III [study extract]

United Kingdom, 1955

Film
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This extract shows the opening sequence of “Richard III”, the third of Olivier’s Shakespearian interpretations on film. It remains almost literally as Shakespeare wrote it. Instead of a coldly evil villain as in the stage version, Richard becomes a cocky, artful and almost likeable villain. The opening scene of “Edward VI”, Part 3, is actually the last scene of “Henry VI”, Part 3, and it serves admirably to convey the different levels of court intrigues and tensions and to heighten the effect of Richard’s soliloquy: “Now is the winter of our discontent…” The cast includes Laurence Olivier as Richard and Cedric Hardwicke as Edward IV. Music by William Walton.

Credits

producer/director

Laurence Olivier

Language

English

Duration

00:11:43:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

27920

Subject categories

Adaptations

Drama

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Literature - Study and teaching

Literature → English literature

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Film adaptations

Literature → Literature

Literature → Literature - Study and teaching

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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