Richard III
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Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter (with Alan Dent), and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Richard III with Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke) being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard (Laurence Olivier) jealously views the proceedings and begins to pick off those obstructing his pathway to the throne. Eventually, Richard becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Director and star Sir Laurence Olivier doesn't shy away from center stage in this adaptation... nor would any sane person want him to."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"This filmed record of Olivier's Richard has intimidated generations of actors -- how can they hope to compete with an interpretation both so brilliant and so familiar to audiences?"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Esta grandiosa produção traz Olivier em uma performance inesquecível. Infelizmente, como diretor, Olivier não conseguiu evitar que a narrativa soasse excessivamente teatral."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It becomes almost laughable when it tries to transcend its own timidity in the dramatic climaxes."
‑ , Time Out
"The conception and execution of this film is not as bold as Henry V or Hamlet (also by Olivier), but the cast, headed by Olivier as the malevolent hunchbacked monarch, Gielgud and Richardson, is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Olivier's is a turgid rendition with little regard for how the medium of cinema might lend alternative perspectives to the text."
‑ , Film4
"Well worth seeing."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The quality of production was superb, and a viewer had a true sense of pageantry and court grandeur."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's fascinating to note that Richard is almost always portrayed by middle-aged actors - Olivier was 48, and actually comes in at the low end. In reality, Richard was only 32 when he died."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"how can you not dig a movie that offers John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson on top of Olivier?"
‑ Christopher Null,
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