Analyse How the Central Values Portrayed in King Richard Iii Are Creatively Reshaped in Looking for Richard.

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"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.” This quote from William Shakespeare’s King Richard III is a seed from which Al Pacino’s docu-drama Looking For Richard grows, both texts demonstrating the intrinsic relationship between contexts and the composition of texts. As 21st century students, we see Pacino’s creative reshaping emphasise inherent values within the original text, from dynamic perspectives to interpretational understandings, presented in an ‘honest’ and ‘plainly told’ composition. The parallels drawn between the texts stem from the contextual challenge to the responders inherent within each text, along with equivalence to the dynamic perspectives and differing interpretations of the creative reshaping.

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In the opening of the film, Pacino states, speaking of the in-group, ‘We can communicate both our passion for [Shakespeare] and our understanding that we’ve come to.’ Juxtaposed to this saccharine guise, in the final scenes only Pacino’s understanding is espoused. This demonstrates Pacino created the façade of working in a team, however only his personal opinion prevailed. The ‘plebs’ are also important in both projects. In Shakespeare’s play they are the citizens in Act II, reminding us that the tragedies are not just ‘brutal collisions of convoluted family dramas, but matters of state in which everything Richard does will have a rippling effect on the nation,’ as Fitzpatrick states. The citizens have limited knowledge but reliable instincts, the third citizen exclaiming ‘O, full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester,’ (II.iii.29) and importance is placed on their exchange. This is reshaped in Pacino’s text, where he claims ordinary people don’t just matter but are the primary reason for him venturing into this arduous task. Like Shakespeare’s citizens, Fitzpatrick explains, ‘Pacino implies the ignorance of the masses is more valuable than the pseudo knowledge of the minor experts. Just as Shakespeare shows public officials like the Mayor and the Archbishop of Canterbury pathetically caving into Richard, so Pacino shows Professor Emrace Jones at a loss for words when posed with their question on characterisation.’ The similar influence of the in-groups and plebs in both

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