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Thesis Statement Laurence Oliviers version of Richard III is much closer to the original Shakespeare play than Sir Ian McKellens version Outline 1 Introduction 2 Comparing the Movies 3 Richard vs Richard Differences and Similarities in Acting Richard 4 Conclusion 1 Introduction Laurence Oliviers version of Richard III was released in 1955 with Olivier in the title role It is set in the late 15th century In contrast to this Sir Ian McKellens Richard III was released 1995 and is set in the 30s of the 20th century The function of Act 2 in the original play is to show how Richard intrigues and just as well acts his way to the throne and finds his first accomplices At the end of Act 2 he has overcome his biggest obstacles his brothers Clarence and Edward are both dead and Edwards sons will not keep Richard from the throne 2 Comparing the Movies Laurence Oliviers Richard III is the more classical version It is as the original set at the end of the 15th century and in royal premises Scenes which are set outside represent normal early modern times life The clothing also represents 15th century royalty and noblemen Oliviers version is text-wise close to the original text even though some lines have been left out In spite of this the plot is tightly bound to Shakespeares original text and most of the lines that are important for the ongoing of the play have been taken over It seems as though no lines have been swapped to other places Even though one scene has totally been deleted Scene 3 in Act 2 is shown neither in Oliviers nor in McKellens movie In Act 2 Scene 1 only very few lines are missing After Richard has brought the news that Clarence died by Edwards first order lines 92-106 are missing This way Stanley does not appear
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