Richard III

United Kingdom | 1955 | 161 minutes | Laurence Olivier

Sir Laurence Olivier plays a murderous Richard III, who schemes to steal the throne from his brother, King Edward IV. This Shakespearean tragedy is filled with betrayal, blood, and perhaps the greatest performance of Sir Olivier's career.

June 1, 2013
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In his third, and arguably finest, cinematic Shakespeare adaptation, Laurence Olivier brought the bard's greatest villain to life with such malicious relish that the role became one of his most iconic. Diabolically captivating, Olivier gives a virtuoso performance as the hunchback Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to wrest the throne away from his brother King Edward IV. Upon the succession of Edward to England's rule, Richard begins his Machiavellian machinations by first plotting the imprisonment of his other brother George, Duke of Clarence, as well as ingratiating himself with the Lady Anne Neville, the widow of Edward's former royal rival. With these two plots in motion, Richard skillfully plays upon the Royal Court's poisonous atmosphere to engineer his own ascendancy. Featuring one of the greatest British casts ever assembled on film, including an exceptional John Gielgud as the ill-fated Duke of Clarence, Richard III has been vividly restored to its full Technicolor glory and 161-minute running time from an original VistaVision negative.

Restored by The Film Foundation and Janus Films, in association with the BFI National Archive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., the Museum of Modern Art, and Romulus Films.
Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Restoration supervised by Grover Crisp and Tom Heitman. 

Director Biography
In addition to being revered as one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors of all time, Sir Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) worked as a producer and director. Making a significant number of Hollywood films, he was nominated for 12 Academy Awards® (1940’s Wuthering Heights, 1947’s Henry V, 1960’s The Entertainer), winning Best Actor for 1949’s Hamlet.

Director: Laurence Olivier
Principal Cast: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1955
Running Time: 161 minutes
Producer: Laurence Olivier
Screenplay: Laurence Olivier, Alan Dent
Cinematographers: Otto Heller
Editors: Helga Cranston
Music: Sir William Walton, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 1956 (Silver Berlin Bear International Prize) Golden Globes 1957 (Golden Globe
Filmography: Hindle Wakes (1976); Three Sisters (1970); The Prince and the Showgirl (1957); Hamlet (1948); Henry V (1944)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Janus Films
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