Looking for Richard
- Original title
Looking for Richard
- Running time
- 112 min.
- United States
Al Pacino, Frederic Kimball (Theater: William Shakespeare)
(Self: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, Estelle Parsons, Penelope Allen, Kevin Conway, Harris Yulin, Gordon MacDonald, Madison Arnold, Vincent Angell, Larry Bryggman, Phil Parosili, Bruce McVittie, Aidan Quinn, Paul Guilfoyle, Richard Cox, Frederic Kimball, Daniel Von Bargen, James Colby, Ira Lewis, Neal Jones, André Sogliuzzo, F. Murray Abraham, Gil Bellows, Kate Burton, Dominic Chianese, Johann Carlo, Paul Gleason, Clare Holman, Damien Leake, Viveca Lindfors, Judith Malina, Michael Maloney, Jaime Sanchez, Linda Selman, Ed Setrakian, Heathcote Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Rosemary Harris, Emrys Jones, Peter Brook, Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave)
Fox Searchlight, JAM production, Chal Productions, 20th Century Fox. Distributed by Fox Searchlight
Documentary. Drama | Stage Play
- Movie Groups
Shakespeare: Richard III
- Synopsis / Plot
- A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and Hollywood stars (including Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin) gathers to work on the play, Looking for Richard does not present a straightforward filmed version of the scheming, deformed king's rise and fall. Instead, Pacino turns the cameras on the rehearsal process and his own exploration of Shakespeare's history and meaning. Scenes in full costume alternate with readings in street clothes, while interviews gather the opinions on the Bard of everyone from renowned scholars and Shakespearean actors to random New Yorkers. A trip to England allows brief visits to Shakespeare's birthplace and the Globe Theater, but Pacino's focus remains on the United States and his desire to prove that American actors can act the plays without mimicking their British counterparts. Clearly a labor of love for Pacino, the film benefits from his passionate persona and direct, no-nonsense attitude; while the performances may vary in quality, the film manifests a refreshingly casual, unpretentious, and enthusiastic approach to Shakespeare. (Judd Blaise: AMG)
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Truer Than Fiction Award
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director / Documentary
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