Analyse How the Central Values Portrayed in King Richard Iii Are Creatively Reshaped in Looking for Richard.

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"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.” This quote from William Shakespeare’s King Richard III is a seed from which Al Pacino’s docu-drama Looking For Richard grows, both texts demonstrating the intrinsic relationship between contexts and the composition of texts. As 21st century students, we see Pacino’s creative reshaping emphasise inherent values within the original text, from dynamic perspectives to interpretational understandings, presented in an ‘honest’ and ‘plainly told’ composition. The parallels drawn between the texts stem from the contextual challenge to the responders inherent within each text, along with equivalence to the dynamic perspectives and differing interpretations of the creative reshaping. King Richard…show more content…
The dynamic perspectives connecting both works accentuate their values and demonstrate literal connections in Pacino’s creative reshaping. Shakespeare’s play is at heart a history lesson, an educational journey made as entertaining for the student audience as it can be. Pacino’s film has similar aspirations – Pacino reshapes this notion by positioning Shakespeare himself, not the battles between the houses of York and Lancaster, as the remote and difficult subject. Both works offer one overarching perspective, supplemented by a range of contrasting others. In King Richard III that overarching perspective is Richard’s; in the twenty-eight scenes of the play he appears in fifteen, and casts an ominous shadow over the remainder. In Looking For Richard it is Pacino who is hardly ever out of camera shot; according to critic Peter Fitzpatrick, they are ‘shameless egotists,’ drawing in the responders with their charm. This element of connection demonstrates the importance Pacino placed on including an overarching figure, reshaping Richard’s artifice by maneuvering the film to his own design. The other perspectives of the compositions fall into two camps – using terms coined by Fitzpatrick, they are the ‘in-group’ and the ‘plebs.’ In Shakespeare’s play, the ‘in-group’ consists of the members of the royal family, and in Pacino’s film they are the actors who share his vision. As writer, director and leading actor, Pacino values his interpretation

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