An old king, stepping down from the throne, disinherits his favorite daughter on a mad whim and gives his kingdom to his two older daughters, both of whom prove treacherous.

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Based on Shakespeare's play: King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation - so Lear takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position. Written by Snow Leopard

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18 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Television debut of Orson Welles. See more »

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During the storm scene, Lear's mustache comes lose and flaps in the wind. Orson Welles turns his back at one point in a failed attempt to stick it back on firmly. See more »

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Version of King Lear (2008) See more »

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Streamlined Version That Welles Fans Should Like
13 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This version has had a major subplot edited out. Welles is affecting and plays up the soft side of Lear. Cheap but evocative sets. Imaginative camera-work, beyond what you see these days on TV. Deceptively, the video's cover actually pictures Welles as *Macbeth* -- in "King Lear," his false nose and huge beard make him a bit hard to recognize. In all, a good version, but its director, Peter Brook, went on to direct a better one with Paul Scofield in 1971.


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