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King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters. The oldest two daughters fawn insincerely over their father, and get most of his possessions. The youngest daughter, Cordelia, is much less lavish in her displays of affection, and disappoints her father. But events soon lead the old king to find out how each of his daughters really feels about him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Colorful Treatment of the Basic Plot
12 October 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This silent Italian film gives a colorful treatment of the basic plot of Shakespeare's "King Lear". It leaves out much of the plot, and of course has to make do without the dialogue, but it gives a reasonable portrait of Lear and his three daughters, and of some of the tragic events that unfold in their relationships. Lear is rendered believably as he goes through his various experiences.

What's really noteworthy about this little film, though, is the color. For large stretches of the movie, the characters' costumes and a few other details were given color, using the old method of frame-by-frame hand tinting. Some of the resulting scenes look very nice, and it is especially effective with Lear's costumes as his fortunes change. It must have been a real labor of love, and it really adds to the film.


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