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Richard III 1995 123movies

Richard III 1995 123movies

I can smile, and murder while I smileDec. 29, 1995104 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – William Shakespeare’s classic play is brought into the present with the setting as Great Britian in the 1930s. Civil war has erupted with the House of Lancaster on one side, claiming the right to the British throne and hoping to bring freedom to the country. Opposing is the House of York, commanded by the infamous Richard who rules over a fascist government and hopes to install himself as a dictator monarch.
Plot: A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension—among them his brother, his nephews and his brother’s wife. When the Duke of Buckingham deserts him, Richard’s plans are compromised.
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See Olivier’s “Richard III,” then this one
There are two definitive film productions of Richard III: – Sir Laurence Olivier’s 1955 film version, which he directed and in which he plays the title role, supported by Sir Cedric Hardwicke as King Edward, Sir John Gielgud as Clarence, the delectable Claire Bloom as the Lady Anne and a host of other brilliant performers – and Ian McKellen’s 1995 version, screenwritten by McKellen and director Richard Loncraine, in which McKellen also plays the title role.

While the Olivier version is the definitive classic presentation of the play on film and should serve anyone who wants to see the play as it was intended to be seen (albeit the Colley Cibber adaptation), McKellen’s adaptation captures the spirit of the play in modern context.

The movie opens with the Lancastrians in their war room receiving word of Richard, Earl of Gloucester’s holding Tewksbury by teletype, then soon their war room is breached by a tank, behind which swarm raiders in gas masks, one of whom slays the Prince of Wales and then the King himself, before removing his gas mask (one of the old goggle-eyed full-face models the Russians still use) to reveal himself Richard, duke of Gloucester.

The scene shifts rapidly to a typical 1930s rich people’s fete, complete with mellow-voiced torch singer and live orchestra, at which Richard III delivers the “sun of York” soliloquy as a toast to his father Edward and the assembled party – and then the scene shifts again to Richard completing the soliloquy to the camera, as he does throughout the film. The address to the camera is a little jarring – McKellen’s smiling, evilly smirking delivery is a little over the top, what you’d imagine the Blackadder films would have been if they hadn’t gone for laughs.

But Ian McKellen carries the role off very well… his not-quite-sane, quite unbalanced and power-mad schemer Richard III is entirely plausible as a 1930s dictator-king in the central European mold. The uniforms shift from the standard British armed forces’ khakis to the blacks and greys of Hitler and Mussolini as Britain slides into fascism under her scheming “Lord Protector.”

The screen action is taut, visually compelling – even when McKellen bellows “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” from a World War II Dodge weapons carrier/”command car,” the scene doesn’t degenerate into incongruous, unintentional comedy, because by then the viewer is caught up in the tale of this wild-eyed sociopath who has just about run out of rope – and since the truck is axle-deep in sand, stuck, a horse is just what Richard could have used around then.

There’s just enough realism in the 1930’s props to help with willing suspension of disbelief – no more. Military history buffs will not be happy. No matter. What is communicated very well is the senseless welter of fully-joined battle, fiery slaughter and Richard III’s lashing out in senseless rage, eventually as much against his own men as the enemy.

The Duke of Stanley’s last-minute defection against Richard’s forces in the final battle is all the sharper for Stanley being the commander of the air force (his loyalty to Richard III in the coming battle with Henry, Earl of Richmond seemingly assured by his young son’s being held hostage in Richard III’s war train) – so that the viewer no sooner hears the news of the defection in the play’s dialogue than Richard’s forces are strafed and bombed by Stanley’s war planes as Richmond’s forces swarm into Richard’s assembly area, cutting the Ricardian army to pieces.

Lots of interesting touches in the screenplay, such as Queen Elizabeth and her brother Earl Rivers (played ably by Annette Bening and rather indifferently by Robert Downey, Jr – who only manages to convince in the scene when he is assassinated in bed while submitting to the erotic ministrations of a Pan Am stewardess) playing their roles as Americans – using the homage to Wallis Simpson and her husband the Duke of Windsor (who abdicated his kingdom to marry Simpson because she wasn’t only a commoner but a divorced American) to bring needed tension among the royals to the play.

In case the viewer’s a little too thick to realize that Downey’s character is an American, not only does he lay the flat, nasal accent on thicker than Hell, but on landing in England, he steps out of an airliner painted in bright Pan-American Airlines livery, where he is met by his royal sister Elizabeth and her children.

Bening’s performance is more nuanced and sympathetic than Downey’s – the conundrum of Elizabeth’s brother being a Peer and obviously an American at the same time is just left out there. But before long, we’re McKellen’s willing co-conspirators and agree to forget this lapse.

Maggie Smith as Richard’s mother Queen Margaret is stellar in her portrayal of a mother torn between the remnants of love for her twisted, lethal offspring and mourning the rest of her family dead because they stood in Richard’s way to the throne. Her delivery of Margaret’s of the advice Elizabeth asks for on how to curse Richard (Act 4, Scene 4):

“QUEEN ELIZABETH

O thou well skill’d in curses, stay awhile, And teach me how to curse mine enemies!

QUEEN MARGARET

Forbear to sleep the nights, and fast the days; Compare dead happiness with living woe; Think that thy babes were fairer than they were, And he that slew them fouler than he is!”

is one of the best-delivered lines in Shakespeare on film I have seen.

In closing one compares McKellen’s Richard III to Anthony Hopkins’ Hitler in “The Bunker” – an eerie channeling of one of history’s foulest personalities, so that one feels one’s self in his foul presence watching the show.

Masterful work.

Review By: vfrickey Rating: 9 Date: 2005-06-20
Justice made to Richard III
“Richard III” may not have the all-encompassing understanding of uman nature seen in “Hamlet” or the grace and mastery of “The Tempest”, but for my money is one of the greatest plays ever written and certainly Shakespeare’s most entertaining.

It may be lacking in character development and psychology, but it more than makes up for that with a brilliant concept: have the villain as main character and make the audience his playful confident. The concept is aided further by eminently quotable lines and one great scene after the other of scheming, fiendishness and confrontations. One of the few pieces of criticism you can successfully throw at Shakespeare is that his central characters are often meek or feeble. Not so here! Tudor propaganda this might have been (it quite grotesquely disregards historical fact in a few places), this is storytelling at its finest.

Richard Loncraine’s 1995 film places the story in a fictitious 30s England reminiscent of early Nazi Germany. The device serves to make the proceedings more accessible (if only marginally since the original language has thankfully been preserved). It also makes for amusing situations (Richard of York telling his monologue while taking a leak in a public restroom – “my Kingdom for a Horse!” bellowed from a paralyzed jeep) and serves as further proof of the Bard’s timelessness.

Beyond the structural and technical feats – and they are quite excellent without exception, including Trevor Jones underrated dark jazzy score – lies what should be our main concern: the cast. Sir Ian McKellen as Richard is a Machiavellian wonder, blowing both Lawrence Olivier’s rendition and McKellen’s earlier work away. His fiendish creation is a joy to watch and root for, despite the increasing gruesomeness of his crimes. The byzantine plot demands that recognizable faces be cast in supporting roles and the characters are magnificently portrayed by eminent actors giving it their best and succeeding admirably. Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent and Kristin Scott-Thomas are expectedly great, but the truly outstanding supporting performances come as surprises: Annette Benning is all grief and fury, Adrian Dunbar is eerie yet very human as Richard’s pet killer Tyrell and Nigel Hawthorne is incredibly moving as the meek Clarence. Even Robert Downey Jr. manages to hold his own against this impressive array of actors.

All in all if you can appreciate the language (that only gets better with repeated readings/viewings) and have a thirst for fine acting, it would be criminal to ignore this masterpiece.

Review By: OttoVonB Rating: 10 Date: 2006-02-01

Other Information:

Original Title Richard III
Release Date 1995-12-29
Release Year 1995

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 2748518
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Director Richard Loncraine
Writer Ian McKellen (screenplay), Richard Loncraine (screenplay), Richard Eyre, William Shakespeare (play)
Actors Christopher Bowen, Edward Jewesbury, Ian McKellen, Bill Paterson
Country UK, USA
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations.
Production Company Mayfair Entertainment International, United Artists, British Screen Productions
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Stereo, Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Cameras and Lenses by JDC
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (processing) (prints)
Film Length 2,906 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)

Richard III 1995 123movies
Richard III 1995 123movies
Original title Richard III
TMDb Rating 6.8 114 votes

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