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The film Richard III Directed by Richard Loncraine Civil war divides the nation the first caption we see at the onset of this adaptation of Shakespeares Richard III sets the tone for scenes to come later in the movie It starts by focusing on Shakespeares underlying tone regarding Richard as somewhat an outlandish character to be mocked and amused by Enter Richard to stab Edward in his war room at Tewkesbury in his tank He then fills Edward full of holes with a gun rather than a sword to start the play on words that Richard is known for throughout the play Set in the midst of a Nazi-like Britain during the 1930s it provides more art deco and imagery than is actually in the text It uses this as the opening focus to show Richards ascent to power and his eventual downfall more as the leader of a fascist regime than someone cunning for the role of King Here big band jives lay the groundwork to the victory ball of King Edward where we are introduced to many of the characters not seen until much later in the text Rivers King Edward Queen Elizabeth Duchess of York young York etc Richard then begins his soliloquy Now is the winter of our discontent He partially addresses the crowd to show support for his newly indoctrinated King and brother and the first half of his speech is received by warm applause at his play on words The second half is completed at the urinal of the palaces bathroom partly mumbled to the wall His focus on his villainous ways addressed to the camera Then he meets Clarence on his way to the Tower to await his execution The Richard speaks of the forthcoming death of Clarence and his need to marry the Lady Anne addressed to the camera This differs greatly from the text which opens immediately with his speech addressed
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