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Ian McKellen's *R3*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0926.  Wednesday, 29 Nov. 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Nov 95 15:57:42 -0600
        Subj:   SHAKSPER 921: McKellen's *Richard*
 
(2)     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Nov 1995 01:07:03 +0100
        Subj:   Re: Ian McKellen and Richard III
 
(3)     From:   David G. Hale <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Nov 95 11:27:18 EST
        Subj:   re: SHAKSPER: SHK 6.0921 Ian McKellens *R3*
 
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Nov 95 15:57:42 -0600
Subject:        SHAKSPER 921: McKellen's *Richard*
 
Here's the information compliments of *Movienet*
(http://www.movienet.com/index.html); the film is scheduled to open on December
22.
 
This compelling story of power and political intrigue portrays Richard as
England's most ruthless monarch, a charismatic malcontent who accedes to the
throne through a delicious mix of treachery, seduction and murder. However,
this intriguing adaptation is offered with a distinctive twist. Taking the
characters and action out of Elizabethan times, the story is set in an imagined
London of the 1930s. Richard speaks his famous lines as Shakespeare wrote them,
even as he conquers the throne with media sav vy, black-shirted thugs and heavy
artillery.
 
Great Britain's foremost contemporary Shakespearean actor, Ian McKellen,
tackles one of Shakespeare's richest and most challenging roles in this unique
screen version of the Bard's RICHARD III.
 
The illustrious cast also features Academy Award nominee Annette Bening as
Queen Elizabeth; Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. as her brother, Earl
Rivers; Academy Award winner Maggie Smith as Richard's mother, the Dutchess of
York; and academy Award nominee Nigel Hawthorne as his tragically manipulated
brother, Clarence.
 
Cast: IAN McKELLEN, ANNETTE BENING, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR., MAGGIE SMITH, NIGEL
HAWTHORNE
Director: RICHARD LONCRAINE
Producer: LISA KATSELAS PARE, STEPHEN BAYLY
Screenplay: IAN McKELLEN, RICHARD LONCRAINE
Based on a play by: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Director of Photography: PETER BIZIOU
Editor: PAUL GREEN
Costume Designer: SHUNA HARWOOD
 
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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Nov 1995 01:07:03 +0100
Subject:        Re: Ian McKellen and Richard III
 
Laura Blanchard wrote:
 
>Has anyone heard much of anything about the forthcoming film version of
>*Richard III* with Sir Ian McKellen in the title role?
>
>I maintain the Richard III Society/American Branch web site and am looking for
>some information on the production to post in the appropriate section -- or,
>alternatively, for other pages to link to.
 
The movie is being released in the U.S. on December 22, and is directed by
Richard Loncraine.  In addition to McKellen as Richard, it stars Annette Bening
as Queen Elizabeth, Robert Downey Jr. as Earl Rivers, Maggie Smith as the
Duchess of York, and Nigel Hawthorne as Clarence. The 'hook' is that this
production is set in the England of the 1930s; it sounds potentially
interesting.
 
The web site for this movie is at:
 
  http://www.cm.cf.ac.uk/M/title-exact?1176DE
 
It has all the information I gave above, plus more.
 
Dave Kathman

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Nov 95 11:27:18 EST
Subject: SHK 6.0921 Ian McKellens *R3*
Comment:        re: SHAKSPER: SHK 6.0921 Ian McKellens *R3*
 
In response to Laura Blanchard's query about the forthcoming film of Richard
III with Ian McKellan. The New York Times on 9/17/95 has some material about
this (as well as Branagh's Othello and others), (2:1, 18). The film derives
from a National Theatre production of 1990, which subsequently toured North
America and was well received by reviewers. The Times includes a still of John
Wood as Edward IV and Annette Bening as Queen Elizabeth. The film is set in
England of the 1930's, against the background of the abdication of Edward VIII
and the rise of fascism. The film is supposed to open in the United States on a
limited basis in December (for Oscar nominations) and be more widely
distributed in January.
 

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