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Year
1955
Runtime
161 min.
Director
Laurence Olivier
Genres
Drama, War, Biography, History
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
3,579
Checks
959
Favs
30
Dislikes
10
Favs/checks
3.1% (1:32)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I was disappointed. Not with Richard himself, which is played with unusual humor and bouts of real psychosis. I wasn't even that disturbed by Olivier's usual restructurings (he cuts well-known scenes, re-edits scene placement and even adds lines from a different version of the play). I think what put me off, mostly, was the look of the picture. Its Technicolor vibrancy and beautiful sets and locations give the story the feel of a fairy tale, which Richard III definitely is not. Yes, there's some intriguing work done with following characters' shadows, but I find the production design and cinematography at odds with the material. And though it seems Claire Bloom gets rave reviews about her Princess Anne, I can't believe the character's motivation. Olivier makes her desperately fall in love with his Richard over the corpse of her husband... it plays less well than a woman who now needs protection at court, in my opinion. She's good in that context, but I don't like the context. All the actors are fine, and my heart skipped at seeing Patrick Troughton as Tyrell, but I do find fault in Olivier's use of John Gielgud as Clarence. When you have an actor of that caliber, why would you so savagely cut half his scenes? Overall, a good film, but weaker than Olivier's Richard III or Hamlet (not coincidentally, it's the weaker play as well). 3 years 8 months ago
  2. Louise_Dietrich's avatar

    Louise_Dietrich

    This is nowhere near as great as Olivier's Hamlet. 6 years ago
  3. daisyaday's avatar

    daisyaday

    John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson , and Laurence Olivier- what a cast and director! 7 years 3 months ago
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In 5 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #9 in BAFTA - Best Film
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  2. This movie ranks #238 in The Criterion Collection
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  3. This movie ranks #240 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  4. This movie ranks #385 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  5. This movie ranks #725 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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