Looking for Richard

High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino's Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York's streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, rehearsals for and key segments from a Richard III on film.

With:
Al Pacino Harris Yulin Penelope Allen Alec Baldwin Kevin Spacey Estelle Parsons

High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, rehearsals for and key segments from a Richard III on film.

Pic’s initial section registers some of the barriers to general appreciation as Pacino, wearing a backward baseball cap and quizzical expression, samples man-in-the-street opinions as to the off-putting difficulties of Shakespeare’s 16th-century lingo. Pic also registers its challenges for American actors who, as John Gielgud notes, often don’t grow up experiencing the books and museums that provide the literature’s cultural context.

Yet Pacino draws in scholars as well as other actors to elucidate the War of the Roses and other elements of the historical backdrop. Watching topnotch actors grapple with these roles gives both the history and the literature a vivid immediacy.

Key scenes offer a surprisingly complete sense of the drama’s trajectory. Richard seduces Lady Anne (Winona Ryder) with his bold lies; Clarence (Alec Baldwin) meets his pathetic end; Richard uses, then abandons, Buckingham (Kevin Spacey); and, finally, Richard faces his own doom in the form of Richmond (Aidan Quinn).

What starts as history lessons and rehearsals has, by its end, left behind all intellectual props and achieved a magnificent emotional force.

Looking for Richard

Production: Jam. Director Al Pacino; Producer Michael Hadge, Al Pacino; Screenplay Al Pacino, Frederic Kimball; Camera Robert Leacock, Nina Kedrem, John Kranhouse, Steve Confer; Editor Pasquale Buba, William A. Anderson, Ned Bastille, Andre Betz; Music Howard Shore; Art Director Kevin Ritter

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1996. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: Al Pacino Harris Yulin Penelope Allen Alec Baldwin Kevin Spacey Estelle Parsons

More Film

  • Mowgli Trailer

    First 'Mowgli' Trailer Promises a Darker Take on 'The Jungle Book' (Watch)

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Lena Waithe

    Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, WME Panel on LGBTQ Inclusion in Hollywood

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Amber Heard

    Amber Heard to Receive Maui Film Festival's Shining Star Award

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Domestics

    Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin's 'Domestics'

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Halle Berry Anjelica Huston

    Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join 'John Wick: Chapter 3'

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Dwayne Johnson & Dany Garcia

    Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia Invest in Atom Tickets (EXCLUSIVE)

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

  • Studio 54

    'Studio 54' Sells to Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

    High-spirited and infectiously energetic, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard is a master class in Shakespeare and acting conducted by an uncommonly passionate and delightful teacher. Ranging from New York’s streets to the reconstructed Globe Theater in London, Pacino is the voluble, mercurial center of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content