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Beverly Anderson Mr. Kibbee Shakespeare: From Stage to Screen 10 September 2010 Looking for Richard Contemporary American culture is almost devoid of William Shakespeare. Yet, his works remain a common staple on most high school and college reading lists. Although Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as a literary genius, his works have not been absorbed into the American mainstream. In the film Looking for Richard Al Pacino sets out to plant William Shakespeare into to hearts of average Americans. Pacino confesses that he is deeply moved by Shakespeare’s works, and finds them as relevant today as they were in the 16 th and 17 th centuries. Pacino is faced with the challenge of how to reach a contemporary audience using an extremely old script. The result is a hybrid film described by Pacino as “a docudrama type thing.” A docudrama is a film that combines the traditional fact-based reporting of a documentary with the plot- based storyline of a drama. Pacino uses this technique to engage his audience. The film cross cuts back and forth between dramatically acted out scenes from Shakespeare’s Richard III and background commentary explaining the development of each scene. In this way, the audience is forced to take an active role in the development of the play, emotionally empathize with the main characters, and hopefully, develop a lasting appreciation for the contemporary relevance of William Shakespeare. Pacino begins his docudrama randomly interviewing people walking along the streets of New York and London. He reveals the common sentiments that Shakespeare is
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boring, difficult to understand and “for the British” only. The old language of the play compounds the difficulties a modern audience has in deciphering this work. In order to overcome an almost reflexive aversion to Shakespeare, Pacino covertly attempts to engage the audience into actively participating in the development of each scene. Pacino attempted to foster the viewer into having a vested interest into the way each scene is
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