Watching ‘Looking for Richard’

Week 2

What did I do?

Watched Al Pachino’s  Looking for Richard (1996)

  • There is a contrast between the contemporary and the Romanesque in architectural styles. This occurs as they switch from the directing scenes to the scenes of the Richard III ‘film’. On note of architecture, the American theatre, that the actors practise in, is modelled after the Globe theatre. This, as well as the actors visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre, is a reference Shakespeare as a presence; the idea that he lives on in the enactment of his plays.
  • The film focuses heavily on the idea of communicating with an audience and using language to inspire the public. The directors feel the need to convey how the feel about Shakespeare’s plays as well as how they feel about life today.

“He [Shakespeare] instructed us.”

  • By revealing the directing of the film, they unveil the sense of mystery that accompanies watching a film. Al Pachino discusses the pun from the opening scene, explaining the meaning behind Shakespeare writing it.By doing this he also presents the setting of the play to the audience. From the very beginning, the film Looking for Richard appears as a companion to the actual play, rather than a feature of its own.
  • The setting of this film is portrayed through unsubtle costuming, the heavy use of 90’s (the time of the film) fashion conveys the time in which the ‘documentary’ is set. This emphasises the difference between the time period of Shakespeare, and the time in which we, the audience, exist.
  • The actors fervently discuss their characters, justifying their actions and comparing the character’s views of events. This gives the audience an insight into the motives of the characters and into the play in general – following the concept of this film being a companion guide to the play, Richard III.
  • There is a comparison between the contemporary elections of the US – the attitude of the people being that they are tired of things the way they are – and the state of unrest in the time of Richard III after the ‘War of Roses’ and the recent death of King Edward. This is suggested just before the scene of Richard presenting himself as a selfless, religious man is played.

Continued T.E.A. Tables

This was pretty much just adding to more the table on Robert Gray’s poetry until all the RUBRIC points had at least one response. There is still much more that I could add to this table, but before I do that, I am moving onto my related texts. I half-way through a T.E.A. table for Nam Le’s collection of short stories, The Boat (2008).


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