fws-richard 11 revised

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Beverly Anderson Mr. Kibbee Shakespeare: From Stage to Screen 27 September 2010 Al Pacino’s 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. 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” that combines the traditional fact-based reporting 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. Yet, often times this causes more confusion. Though, this intentional disorientation challenges the audience is to think about the play for themselves. Pacino’s goal in Looking for Richard is to create an active audience. He gives them a basic understanding of the storyline, and hopes that the viewers will walk away with an appreciation for the wide variety of interpretations of the characters, and develop a lasting personal cognizance for the contemporary relevance of William Shakespeare.
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