RICHARD III (1955) ABC1, 11.25PM, G, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Di­rected by and star­ring Lau­rence Olivier, this adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s play fea­tures one of Olivier’s best and most iconic per­for­mances – that of the schem­ing, de­formed Duke of Glouces­ter, Richard III, trans­formed here into one of cin­ema’s de­fin­i­tive an­ti­heroes. It’s prob­a­bly not true enough to Shake­speare for purists, and some of Olivier’s stylised di­rec­to­rial de­ci­sions make it feel more stage than screen at times, but with a per­for­mance this good, ably backed by a stel­lar sup­port­ing cast that in­cludes John Giel­gud, Claire Bloom and Ralph Richard­son, it’s one of the best adap­ta­tions of the Bard’s work. ★★★★

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