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Series
Elliot Norton Reviews
Program
Al Pacino, Paul Benedict, David Wheeler: Richard III
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-pk06w96m4p
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Description
Elliot Norton interviews actors Al Pacino (Richard III), Paul Benedict (Duke of Buckingham), and director David Wheeler about a production of Shakespeare?s ?Richard III? in the Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street by the Theater Company of Boston. This production drew national attention because of Al Pacino, who had made his breakthrough the year before with "The Godfather." Norton notes that Pacino started out opening night with a slight accent and he was nervous that the actor had ?gone Mafia.? Pacino blames this on nerves, claiming that when he is nervous, he inadvertently slips into accents. Pacino explains that he has always wanted to do Shakespeare, because of his love of language. He used to do soliloquies from Hamlet and Macbeth alone in his room and chose to perform Shakespeare scenes for acting classes. He is inspired by the language and feels that as an actor, ?language serves you,? as opposed to the other way around. He believes that today people are lazy and do not open their mouths to speak, so this is an opportunity to really use language. Although this is his first professional Shakespeare production, he talks about performing the first half hour of "Richard III" at the Actors Studio three or four years prior. In this production, he did not use a director, which he claims is the ?best way to do it,? casting a sheepish look at director David Wheeler. Norton commends Pacino?s ability to balance playing the demon that kills his way to the crown and the comic that enjoys himself while opening up to the audience. Norton likes the way Pacino addresses the audience and sets it up as a ?game? in which he is enjoying himself and encourages the audience to do the same. Pacino feels that he connects so strongly with the audience that when he tells them about the crimes he committed, he starts to wonder about what they will do to him. Other subjects that were discussed include the decision for modern costumes and the use of the church as a playing space.
Date
1973-02-13
Asset type
Topics
Performing Arts
Subjects
Arts; Theater; Richard III; Shakespeare, William; Godfather, The
Creator
Fortier, Russ, Director2
Sullivan, Joan, Producer
Contributor
Norton, Elliot, Host2
Benedict, Paul, Actor, Guest2
Wheeler, David, Director, Guest2
Pacino, Al, Actor, Guest2
Rights
Rights Note:,Rights:,Rights Credit:WGBH Educational Foundation,Rights Type:All,Rights Coverage:,Rights Holder:WGBH Educational Foundation
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:29:57;00
Citation
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Al Pacino, Paul Benedict, David Wheeler: Richard III,” 1973-02-13, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 28, 2017, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-pk06w96m4p.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Al Pacino, Paul Benedict, David Wheeler: Richard III.” 1973-02-13. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 28, 2017. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-pk06w96m4p>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Al Pacino, Paul Benedict, David Wheeler: Richard III. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-pk06w96m4p