the first 40 minutes of this olivier rendition of shakespeare’s richard III are great, but i found it to sort of fall off after that. i don’t know nearly enough to really comment on olivier’s translation of the classic, but i can say that his performance is good and the cinematography is great…it reminded me of ran because of its use of color. one of my gripes with the iceman cometh is that the artifice that is so present in most plays was almost amplified in that film. this film doesn’t have that at all. it’s a good film, but shakespearean epics aren’t generally my bag.