Richard III (1955) was a Historical - Drama Film directed by Laurence Olivier and produced by Laurence Olivier and Alexander Korda.
Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Sir Laurence Olivier||Nominated|
Richard III and Disinformation in TOWER OF LONDON (1939)By Jennifer Garlen on May 8, 2019 From Virtual Virago
One probably doesn't go looking for timely political commentary in a film like Tower of London (1939), which offers a mashup of history and horror in its retelling of the bloody rise and fall of England's most reviled monarch. Much of the plot is familiar to viewers thanks to broad cultural awarenes... Read full article
“Is There a Murderer Here?”: The Great Villainy of Richard IIIBy Margaret Perry on Apr 17, 2015 From Margaret Perry
It is no secret how much I love the Shakespeare – the Immortal Bard has been the subject of many a post on this blog. Shakespeare’s plays are timeless in that they are often rejuvenated in film form. Movie lovers who wrestled with the gruelling texts during their high school years have r... Read full article
Richard III (Laurence Olivier, 1955)By Judy on Apr 25, 2014 From Movie Classics
This is my contribution to the Great Villain Blogathon, hosted by the Silver Screenings, Shadows & Satin and Speakeasy blogs. Please do visit and read?the?great range of postings for this event. For millions who were never lucky enough to see Laurence Olivier?play Shakespeare on stage, the near... Read full article
SIFF 2013: Olivier Plots in Bold Color, Richard III (1955)By KC on Jun 2, 2013 From Classic Movies
(d: Laurence Olivier c: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, United Kingdom 1955, 161 min) That English battlefield looked a lot like Southern California to me! The above was said loudly in the line for the ladies' loo after a screening of the... Read full article
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Richard III: Darest thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
Tyrell: Please you, but I'd rather kill two enemies.
Richard III: Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass; that I may see my shadow as I pass.
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The recently-restored version includes shots of opposing forces reconciling after Lord Stanley changes sides.
During the Battle of Bosworth an archer shoots at Richard, on his horse, from a gully below. One of the UK's top archers was employed for this stunt. The horse was padded, but the arrow missed its mark and wounded Laurence Olivier in the lower leg. However, this worked to Olivier's advantage, as the Battle of Bosworth scenes were the first to be shot for the film. For the rest of the shoot, Olivier did not have to fake Richard III's famous limp.
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