- Original title
- Running time
- 107 min.
- United Kingdom
Richard Loncraine, Ian McKellen (Play: William Shakespeare)
Kristin Scott Thomas,
Robert Downey Jr.,
Drama | Historical. 1930s
- Movie Groups
Shakespeare: Richard III
- Synopsis / Plot
- This film adaptation of a critically acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare's historical drama stars Ian McKellen in the title role. The setting is a comic-book vision of 1930s London: part art deco, part Third Reich, part industrial-age rust and rot. The play's force is turned into a synthetic high by art directors and storyboard sketchers, all of whom have a field day condensing the material into disposable pop imagery. This is a fun film, more than anything, so infatuated with its own monstrous stitchery that even the most awkward casting (Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.) seems a part of the ridiculous design. McKellen is the best thing about the movie, his mesmerizing portrayal of freakish despotism and poisoned desire a thing to behold.
: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Art Direction, costume
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama (Ian McKellen)
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director
: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Costume and Production Design. 5 Nominations
1996: European Films Awards: Best Actor (Ian McKellen)
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