Looking for Richard

Director:Al Pacino
Writers:Al Pacino and Frederic Kimball
Director of Photography:Robert Leacock
Editors:Pasquale Buba, William A. Anderson and Ned Bastille
Music:Howard Shore
Producers:Michael Hadge and Al Pacino
Fox Searchlight; PG-13; 109 minutes
Cast:Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Conway, Estelle Parsons, Winona Ryder and Aidan Quinn
Interviews with:Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave

It took Pacino four years and about 80 hours of footage to complete this project, but boy, was it worth the wait. He takes a prohibitively complex play, Shakespeare's Richard III, and has a blast with it, making the work accessible for the masses and untangles it for himself, too. Using interviews with Richard experts, including Branagh and Redgrave, filmed excerpts from the play with himself playing Richard III, Baldwin as Clarence and Ryder as Lady Anne, and his own commentary, Pacino has created a fresh, enthusiastic documentary that will make audiences want to tackle the Bard's work themselves.

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