Now Is The Winter Of Our Discourse By Al Pacino 's Documentary, Looking For Richard

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Now is the winter of our discourse. Made glorious summer by Al Pacino 's documentary, Looking for Richard. The documentary presents a facet of cultural and academic critiques of performing Shakespeare while striving to turn those preconceived presumptions on their head. Pacino 's documentary shakes up the script and provides an interesting dialogue on the importance, influence, and approachability of Shakespeare on a grand scale. A particular scene that captures Pacino 's message occurs around halfway through the film. Prior to this scene, Frederic Kimball is providing his subjective insight on the motives of Richard III venturing to woo Lady Anne, while also implying that Lady Anne specifically places herself into the narrative in order to be wooed. Al Pacino rolls his eyes at Kimball 's theory and opens a question to the rest of the crew, “Does anyone have a better thing than Frederic on this?” (Pacino, Looking for Richard). This question leads into the discussion of who is the authority on Shakespeare. A debate in which critics, scholars, performers, and the general public have been attempting to answer for ages. From that conversation, the scene then opens with a medium shot, centering the frame towards a half body shot of Kimball. Kimball 's arms are extended, inviting the audience in to listen to his dialogue. The edge of the frame provides a close-up of Al Pacino and Winona Ryder. Pacino 's hand is directing the audience 's attention towards Kimball. The framing of

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