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Laurence Olivier, 1955
United Kingdom | English | Format: DCP | 161 minutes
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The third and arguably finest entry in Laurence Olivier’s lauded trilogy of big-screen Shakespeare adaptations, Richard III stars the actor-director in a bravura performance as the eponymous hunchback duke—a role he first performed on stage at the Old Vic in 1944—who will stop at nothing to wrest the throne away from his brother King Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke). Featuring one of the finest British casts ever assembled on film, including John Gielgud as the ill-fated Duke of Clarence, Claire Bloom as Lady Anne, Ralph Richardson as the Duke of Buckingham and Stanley Baker as the Earl of Richmond, Richard III has been immaculately restored to its full Technicolor glory (and 161-minute running time) from the original VistaVision negative. Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Restored by The Film Foundation and Janus Films, in association with the BFI National Archive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., the Museum of Modern Art, and Romulus Films. Restoration supervised by Grover Crisp and Tom Heitman.