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Richard III

by

Roger Davidson

Richard III
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Of the three film adaptations of Shakespeare that Laurence Olivier directed, this is certainly his best. We follow the life of the insane king of England, as he kills his enemies, former allies and relatives to reach the top of the heap. But evil does not triumph, thanks to the armies of Henry Tudor (Stanley Baker), later known as Henry VII (and father of the dreaded king Henry VIII).

Olivier is great in the title role and his battle scenes are the most well-staged of that particular period in cinema. It gets a little stagy from time to time, but let me say that it's rarely boring. Only Olivier and Kenneth Branagh have ever made the bard so interesting on screen.

My Rating = Four Stars


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