Richard III

  • Laurence Olivier /
  • UK (England) /
  • 1955 /
  • 161 mins

Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, Alec Clunes, Pamela Brown, Claire Bloom, Norman Wooland / Fiction / English

Much imitated; never bettered.

Every modern actor who plays Shakespeare's villainous king competes with Laurence Olivier's interpretation. Even Antony Sher - who ironically went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in the 1985 RSC season - wrote of being haunted throughout rehearsal by a sleekly creepy, black-clad Larry. Flamboyant, tense, entirely gripping, and lent a cheeky modern edge by Olivier's direct addresses to the camera, this is a peerless screen Shakespeare, illuminated by its savage wit and its low glimmer of violence and sexuality. Co-stars include Ralph Richardson as Buckingham, John Gielgud as Clarence, and a devastatingly frail and beautiful Claire Bloom as Lady Anne.

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