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Ian McKellen

Author of Richard III [1995 film]

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Works by Ian McKellen

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The Odyssey (0750) — Narrator, some editions — 53,297 copies
Little Dorrit (1857) — Narrator, some editions — 5,611 copies
Wolf Brother (2004) — Narrator, some editions — 2,465 copies
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 1,297 copies
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 958 copies
X-Men [2000 film] (2000) — Actor — 923 copies
The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy (2002) — Foreword, some editions — 879 copies
X2: X-Men United [2003 film] (2003) — Actor — 858 copies
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 768 copies
X-Men: The Last Stand [2006 film] (2003) — Actor — 741 copies
The Da Vinci Code [2006 film] (2006) — Actor — 709 copies
Stardust [2007 film] (2007) — Actor — 682 copies
Beauty and the Beast [2017 film] (2017) — Actor — 548 copies
The Golden Compass [2007 film] (2007) — Actor (voice) — 501 copies
The Wolverine [2013 film] (2013) 446 copies
Flushed Away [2006 film] (2007) — Actor — 334 copies
The Dancing Bear (1994) — Narrator, some editions — 262 copies
Last Action Hero [1993 film] (1993) — Actor — 160 copies
Mr. Holmes [2015 film] (2015) — Actor — 140 copies
Cold Comfort Farm [1995 film] (1995) — Actor — 123 copies
The Scarlet Pimpernel [1982 film] (1982) — Actor — 98 copies
The Shadow [1994 film] (1994) — Actor — 92 copies
Gods and Monsters [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 90 copies
Macbeth [1979 TV movie] (1979) — Actor — 84 copies
Cats [2019 film] (2019) — Actor — 59 copies
Apt Pupil [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 53 copies
The Good Liar [2019 Film] (2019) — Actor — 50 copies
Ringers: Lord of the Fans [2006 film] (2005) — Actor — 42 copies
The Ultimate X-Men Collection [film] (2000) — Actor — 42 copies
Six Degrees of Separation [1993 film] (1990) — Actor — 39 copies
The Most Important Comic Book on Earth (2021) — Contributor — 39 copies
Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS (1994) — Foreword — 38 copies
Restoration [1995 film] (1934) 30 copies
Wise Before Their Time: People with AIDS and HIV Talk About Their Lives (1992) — Foreword, some editions — 29 copies
All Is True [2018 film] (2018) — Actor — 28 copies
King Lear [2008 film] (2008) — Actor — 28 copies
The Keep [1983 film] (2001) 28 copies
Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2013) 24 copies
Vicious: Series 1 (2013) — Actor — 21 copies
Plenty [1985 film] (1999) — Actor — 21 copies
Emile (2003 film) (2007) — Actor — 21 copies
Night Work (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Prisoner: The Complete Series (2010) — Actor — 17 copies
Scandal [1989 film] (2000) 15 copies
Othello [1990 film] (1990) — Actor — 15 copies
Jack and Sarah [1995 film] (1995) — Actor — 12 copies
Vicious: Series 2 (2015) — Actor — 12 copies
Eighteen [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 11 copies
The Dresser [2016 film] (2016) 11 copies
Edward II [1970 film] (1970) — Actor — 10 copies
Asylum [2010 film] (2006) — Actor — 10 copies
The Ballad of Little Jo [1993 film] (2003) — Actor — 8 copies
Vicious: The Finale (2016) 7 copies
Swept from the Sea [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 7 copies
Rasputin [1996 TV movie] (1996) 6 copies
Cats: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (2019) — Performer — 2 copies
A Touch of Love [1969 film] — Actor — 1 copy
Süleyman the Magnificent [1988 film] — Narrator — 1 copy

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Ian McKellen’s annotated screenplay for his and Richard Loncraine’s 1995 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s 1592-1594 play, Richard III, is a great read for both film and theatre lovers, particularly those who enjoy the works of William Shakespeare. McKellen and Loncraine developed the film based on Richard Eyre’s stage production. Rather than set the play in its historical setting of the late 1470s through 1485, Loncraine and McKellen chose more recent history as their setting in order to better translate Shakespeare’s intent for a modern audience. In this case, they imagine 1930s Britain under fascist rule, as if Oswald Mosely’s British Union of Fascists and King Edward VIII had succeeded. These historical changes notwithstanding, the film faithfully adapts the plot and text of Shakespeare’s play.

McKellen describes the intent in changing the play’s chronological setting, “To direct the audience away from history and toward the events and themes of the play as far as they were relevant to their own lives, the original production would have been performed in contemporary, Elizabethan dress. Historical ‘authenticity’ of costume and setting only became fashionable in the theatre of the Victorians, with their interest in things medieval” (pgs. 11-12). Further, “The crucial advantage of a modern setting is clarity of storytelling… The audience needs to be able to recognize who is royalty, aristocrat, commoner and who is politician, civil servant, military. By their clothes, you shall know them. If this were true of the play, it would be equally valid for the film” (pg. 12). McKellen writes of the timeless impact of Shakespeare’s works, “Each generation has always been able to extract from Shakespeare its own message” (pg. 24). Thus, it was his and Loncraine’s hope that their reinterpretation of Richard III would aid new viewers in extracting meaning. This book includes 59 stills from unit photographer Alex Bailey to illustrate the scenes and compliment McKellen’s notes on each page. A great behind-the-scenes look at a fantastic adaptation of Shakespeare’s work.
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DarthDeverell | 2 other reviews | Mar 14, 2021 |
A great look at the conception and production of a terrific film.
 
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Stubb | 2 other reviews | Aug 28, 2018 |
This thing is awesome. Richard's one of my favorite characters.

Y'know, I thought it was the Queen of Hearts who came up with "Off with her head!" But I should've known, it was Richard. He says it at least twice.

On the other hand, I assumed that "Heads will roll" was from Shakespeare; it sounds like the kind of thing he'd say. But apparently it was actually Hitler, of all people. Who knew?

No, you're right: I don't have much to say about Richard III. I love it, it's awesome.
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