Henry VIII (1613) by William Shakespeare

Because eight of Shakespeare’s history plays are so interconnected (the cycles of “Richard II / Henry IV, Part 1 / Henry IV, Part 2 / Henry V” and “Henry VI, Part 1 / Henry VI, Part 2 / Henry VI, Part 3/ Richard III”), the other history plays occupy an odd space. Technically, “King John”…

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016)

A follow-up series to the BBC’s 2012 adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henriad, covering the second cycle of plays in that sequence. I’ve reviewed these television films separately as films, but will compile those reviews here to address the overall series. The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 1 A competent adaptation drawing from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” plays, though…

Richard III (1995)

I think Shakespeare adaptations that alter the setting in an ostentatious way so as to call attention to it often are more gimmicky than clever. But this version of “Richard III”, setting the story in an alternative-universe fascist-styled 1930s Britain, does so both deliberately but also quietly. It doesn’t call undue attention to itself, but…

Richard III (1911)

An fairly uncinematic adaptation of the play – basically just a stationary camera covering a staging of some scenes from the play, with intertitles covering the most operative lines from the text. I’d forgive it all that because of its great age, but I just today saw a 1912 adaptation of the same play that…

Richard III (1955)

A fun, lively adaptation of “Richard III”. Apparently Olivier’s delivering of the soliloquies directly to the camera (and thus the audience) was fairly novel at the time, but it feels completely natural now. His performance really is a lot of fun, and the film pretty much excises any element not very closely tied to the…

Richard III (1912)

Certainly a film from a different time! Apparently the lead actor of the film, Frederick Warde, would show up to screenings and read parts of the play while reels were changed, so viewing the film just by itself isn’t precisely the experience as intended. Still, it holds up quite nicely. Warde gives a captivating performance…

Looking for Richard (1996)

The first time I saw this film was around 2010 or 2011, when I was in high school, where the film was part of a unit on “Richard III”. As a class we watched the film more than once, and it’s one of those films tied to a specific time and place for me, so…