Shakespeare’s classic play about the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England is updated to an alternative 1930s setting in this celebrated film adaptation.
A brutal civil war has erupted in England with the Houses of Lancaster and York battling for control of the throne. Amid the turmoil the despotic Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Ian McKellen) plots his own route to power, deviously scheming a murderous agenda that will lead to his installation as dictator monarch. Steeped in fascist iconography, the film openly draws from the aesthetic of the Third Reich, a stylistic choice that emphasizes the pure evil at the heart of Richard’s agenda.
Based on an acclaimed stage production for the Royal National Theatre (which also starred McKellen), this exhilarating adaptation features an all-star cast which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Downey Jr and Dame Maggie Smith.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Richard Loncraine (Band of Brothers, Wimbledon)
Cast: Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men, Gods and Monsters) Annette Bening (American Beauty, Mars Attacks), Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones, Harry Potter), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey, Harry Potter), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Dominic West (The Wire).
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