Celluloid Shakespeare-Richard III (1955)
Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.
Directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke.
“And thus I clothe my naked villainy with odd old ends stol'n out of holy writ; and seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” – William Shakespeare, Richard III. Shakespeare’s insightful look at royal intrigue and corrupt power. “In all of the theatre's repertoire, it's hard to find a more malodorous fellow than Richard III. The character is so convincing that most of us who think of that king at all instantly see the slit-eyed, snaky, deformed embodiment of evil probably best depicted by Laurence Olivier.” – Professor Richard Harrison in Sic Transit Gloria: The Passing of Historical Reputations. Directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. 161 minutes. Not Rated.
NOTE: Because of the general run time of these films, showtimes have been moved to 6 p.m. for this series of movies.
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