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Looking for Richard is a 1996 documentary film, the first film directed by Al Pacino. The film is both a performance of selected scenes of William Shakespeare's Richard III and a broader examination of Shakespeare's continuing role and relevance in popular culture. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1996.
Pacino plays both himself and the title character. The movie guides the audience through the play's plot and historical background. Pacino and several fellow actors, including Penelope Allen and Harris Yulin, act out scenes from the play. The other actors include, with their roles:
In addition, the actors comment on their roles. Pacino also features other actors famous for performing Shakespeare, such as Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Branagh, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline. He includes interviews with Shakespeare scholars and ordinary people on the street.
- ^ Janet Maslin. "Films on Junior High School And a Farm Win at Sundance", New York Times, 29 January 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-16.
- ^ Bruce Weber. "Al Pacino, Slouching (Again) Toward Shakespeare", New York Times, 6 October 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-16.
- ^ Godfrey Cheshire. "Looking For Richard", New York Times, 5 February 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-16.
- ^ Roger Ebert. "Looking For Richard", Chicago Sun-Times, 25 October 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-16.
- ^ Janet Maslin. "Royal Monster, Are You Out There?", New York Times, 11 October 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-16.
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