My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Richard III (1955)

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(out of 5)


Once you get over the silly fake nose and wig that seems to come out of an episode of The Smurfs, you’ll thoroughly enjoy ‘s full-blooded performance as the title character of Shakespeare’s bloody play. Olivier also directs this excellent production, filmed in gorgeous colour with a fantastic cast that includes and . Brother to the King of England, Richard is a deformed, bitter man who decides that he’ll do whatever it takes to get himself on the throne. He stops at nothing, not even at murdering his own family members. gives an annoyingly breathy performance as Anne, the woman that Richard traps into marriage; perhaps she’s written as a featherbrain on purpose, but take a look at Kristin Scott Thomas’s performance in the tepid 1995 version to see just how much the part could be improved by a more practical approach. Despite its healthy running time, this film is intelligent and exciting.


London Film Productions

United Kingdom1955

Directed by

Textual alterations by , , based on the plays Richard III and Henry VI: Part III by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1955

Golden Globe Awards 1955

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