Comparative Study King Richard & Looking for Richard

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A comparative study of Al Pacino’s ‘Looking for Richard’ and Shakespeare’s ‘The tragedy of King Richard the 3rd’ reveals to the audience the relevance and freedom of interpretation surrounding such profound pieces of literature such as Shakespeare’s plays. The vast majority of the modern audience feels distant to Shakespeare, many with a tainted outlook on his works due to a lack of understanding and unfortunate experiences studying his work. ‘Looking for Richard’, through the use of many cinema techniques conveys transcendence ideas on Richard’s role in modern society whilst supporting the idea that Shakespeare’s literature is timeless and germane. Looking for Richard reconnects us to the world of Shakespeare presenting the ideas and values of ‘King Richard 3rd’ to this post-modern era. ‘The Tragedy of King Richard the 3rd’ was a revolutionary play of its time due to its appeal of all classes ranging from the noblest Queen to the street pheasant. King Richard also explores the concept of what it means to be evil; Pacino’s film reflects this giving an insight on the faces, motives and free will of Richard. Shakespeare’s integrity lies in his accessibility to an audience and his ability to explore values within his plays. King Richard is a man who presents copious ideological characteristics and also throws into confusion many traditional values set into the mindsets of the Elizabethan and post-Elizabethan peoples. The opening lines of the play have Richard speak directly to the audience in the form of a soliloquy ‘Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious by this son of York,’ this metaphor is a direct link to the character of Richard, a man who is discontent. In Pacino’s film we find that, contradictory to popular belief, Shakespeare goes against the conventional understanding that one could be born evil notifying Richard as a man with conscience. From

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