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Richard the Second: How to Kill a King

Synopsis
Educational series. One in a twelve-part series of films made by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (now TV Ontario). The aim was to relate ‘Shakespeare’s timeless ideas and understanding of human motivations to contemporary society’. The press information from NBC Educational Enterprises records that the film ‘illustrates a recurring historical situation: the position of the mighty is always precarious; rebellion and assassination are constant threats to the statesman’. The reasons for Richard’s fall from power and Bolingbroke’s success are discussed by the commentator.
Series
Explorations in Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1969
Duration
23 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor found (2006)

Credits

Producer
Ed Moser; Kurt Reis
Screenplay
Hugh Webster
Music
Zal Yanovsky
Production Design
Chris Adeney

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Reviews
Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography. London: Mansell, 1990 (entry 488).

Production Company

Name

Ontario Educational Communications

Address
Canada

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