In this episode, we compare two film versions of Richard III: Laurence Olivier’s 1955 film and Richard Loncraine’s 1995 film starring Ian McKellen, which was based on the Richard Eyre stage production. This is the first of a several-part discussion on these two films. Here, we discuss our first impressions of the two films and the differences between the two interpretations of Richard and what’s driving him.
2:00–7:35 First impressions
7:35–16:30 The differences between the two Richards and what’s driving them
16:30–19:53 Hitler imagery in the Ian McKellen Richard III and why the film is set in the 1930s
Host: Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste)
Guests: Kevin Condardo (@FearStrikesOut, @NoHoldsBardCast), Mary Angela Rowe (@lapsedvictorian)
Sound recordist and editor: Cam White (@JediDusk)
Read Ian McKellen’s introduction to his screenplay for Richard III here.
Check out Kevin Condardo’s Shakespeare podcast, No Holds Bard, which he co-hosts with Dan Beaulieu who appeared on our Twelfth Night episoes. Listen to full episodes of No Holds Bard online here. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @NoHoldsBardCast.
Listen to part 2 of our discussion on Richard III on Lady Anne.
Listen to part 3 of our discussion on Richard III focusing on Buckingham.
Listen to part 4 of our discussion on Richard III about beginnings and endings.