Richard III 1995

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Richard III ★★★½ 1995 (R)

The Brits once again bring the Bard's most notorious monarch to the screen, this time in a new setting. McKellen stars in the title role of the deformed and ruthless English king, now in an imagined 1930s London of swanky Art Deco, Black Shirt thugs and modern media. Purists may resent major dialogue cuts, but famous speeches (such as the “winter of our discontent” opener) are amusingly staged in this modern take. Gorgeously polished visuals are perfect foil for the slimy, evil goingson. Based on both Shakespeare's play and Richard Eyre's stage adaptation (in which McKellen also starred). 105m/C VHS, DVD . GB Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, John Wood; D: Richard Loncraine; W: Ian McKellen, Richard Loncraine; C: Peter Biziou; M: Trevor Jones.