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'Now: In the Wings on a World Stage' shows romance of theater
'Now: In the Wings on a World Stage' shows romance of theater

As much as theater and film have in common, and that's a lot, their core differences can be formidable. A film is the same every time you see it, while "the thrill of theater," says Sam Mendes, who has worked in both arenas, "is the fact that it's alive, happening once only in front of your eyes. These things happen and then they're gone." It is the particular triumph of "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage," a documentary look at a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III" directed by Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey as the malevolent monarch, that it is able to square that particular circle: It's that rare film that captures...

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