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Looking For Richard
SUBJECTS — Drama/England; World/ England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Brothers; Ambition;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — General.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and some scenes of violence); Documentary; 112 minutes; Color.
This film is an entertaining introduction to Shakespeare's play Richard III. Al Pacino and a small company of actors explain the plot, the motivation of the characters, and the era portrayed in the play. Episodes showing the actors working on the play are interspersed with performances of important scenes. This film will enhance appreciation of Shakespeare's Richard III. It should be seen shortly before going to the play or watching a film of the play.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Looking for Richard will help teachers develop a lesson plan for the play. The Learning Guide provides information about the Wars of the Roses, a pivotal time in English history, and contains a detailed analysis of Shakespeare's blank verse. For parents, these two films and the information in the Guide will supplement literature or drama courses that include a unit on Shakespeare.
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The play Richard III was written during the reign of the Tudor queen, Elizabeth I. It was therefore politically correct to denigrate Richard III, whose defeat had been necessary for the Tudor line to ascend the throne. Historians tell us that Richard III was not a bad king. He promoted domestic reforms and furthered English interests in France. While Richard did usurp the throne, there is no hard evidence that he conspired in the murders of his brother Edward or of his young nephews. His evil has been exaggerated by Tudor historians. Tudor playwrights, including Shakespeare, turned him into the personification of evil.
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