Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
Compare how these texts explore ambition and identity.
Ambition; an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honour, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment * Al Pacino’s production as an art-house vanity project * Promotes himself – manipulating the audience through cutaways, specific and timed edits. The medium of film allows for one to manipulate and force audience attention to a specific area, scene. * His honest ‘love’ for William Shakespeare
* Richard III – Ambition for power and the crown (Buckingham, Richard, …show more content…
Ambition however is not only depicted within the texts, but responders must consider the ambition and aims of the authors in producing each text. Shakespeare wrote Richard III to entertain and give possible understanding and interpretation to outsiders of the ___________________ of the royal family. Al Pacino produced his documentary to allow access to Shakespeare, and also to promote himself. Al Pacino’s choice of text also allows for tight control and audience manipulation through sound, cutaways, and edits which would have all been carefully inserted to serve Pacino’s purposes. Shakespeare however did not have these resources available to depict his creation. The lack of stage directions trademark by Shakespeare allows for flexibility and contrasting interpretations.