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She says Richard is a “foul defacer of God’s handiwork” -Much of the heavenly and diabolical references have been excluded from the film because of the existential secular belief that one is responsible for their own destiny “The pursuit of power has totally corrupted him” (with Church bells chiming) -Has an eerie tone to it. A modern audience would interpret this as a bad reflection on the catholic church. That religion and power goes hand in hand. -the idea of the supernatural becomes comical for the actors as they visit Shakespeare’s original home, satirizing, “i was almost expecting an epiphany, an outpouring of the soul” -Pacino re-interprets Richard’s visitation, by adopting visual flashbacks in sharp and fleeting motionas an experience that is religiously-detached in connotation “how we think and feel today” Free will / humanism King Richard Looking For Richard -Recurring motifs within the play raise the question of whether someone can become so corrupt that they cease to be human anymore “teeth before his eyes” -KRIII is responsive to existing tensions between Elizabethan society’s shifting providentialist though to the emergence of humanism and the secular exploration of an individual’s free will -Pacino’s strong desire to overcome American filmmakers’ stereotypical inferior understanding of shakespeare Duplicity King Richard Looking For Richard -Richard is never what he seems -His only honesty is when he talks to the audience “Ill marry Warwick’s daughter”-dramatic ironyPacino sings “so now all that's left is winning the people!”
-This ensnares the audience and furthers the understanding that Richard is a treacherous character that defies the monarch -He persuades Anne to marry him after killing her husband ‘out of love for her’ “Thus i clothe my naked villainy… and seem a saint when i most play the devil” Gender roles King Richard IIILooking For RichardObviously restrictive society in terms of freedoms given to and expectations placed upon women. Camera angles of richard saying “i'll have her” repetition during lady-anne wooing scene highlights the still common male dominance over females -Pacino’s choice to give value to the powerful tone of penelope allen when disputing the value of women: “by diminishing their importance you diminish a man’s actions”