Star Power: Al Pacino, Looking for Richard and the Cultural Capital of Shakespeare on Film

  title={Star Power: Al Pacino, Looking for Richard and the Cultural Capital of Shakespeare on Film},
  author={M. G. Aune},
  journal={Quarterly Review of Film and Video},
  pages={353 - 367}
  • M. Aune
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Education
  • Quarterly Review of Film and Video
Al Pacino’s film Looking for Richard (1996) combines techniques of documentary and narrative feature film making to produce a hybrid sort of film intended, according to Pacino to “communicate my feelings about Shakespeare” to its audience. As such, the film is largely successful. Pacino’s passion for and commitment to Shakespeare are beyond question. At the same time, the film also provides a helpful introduction to Richard III, using the hybrid form to address elements of the play that are… 
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