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King Lear (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  3 April 2002 (France)
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Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the lost artwork of the human race. He finds strange goings-on at a resort enough to remind him of all the lines of the play, dealing with mob boss Don Learo and his daughter Cordelia, a strange professor named Jean Luc-Godard (sic), who repeatedly xeroxes his hand for no particular reason. He is followed by four humanoid goblins that keep tormenting Cordelia. There is also the gentleman whose girlfriend, Valerie, isn't always visible. Then the film is sent off to New York for Mr. Alien to edit. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The original intended aspect ratio of King Lear is full-screen 4:3, as are all of Godard's films by his own stated design. Many DVD releases of Godard's films, including this one, incorrectly matte the image to widescreen (1.85 in this film's case), losing a portion of the image. See more »

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The Great Writer: For words are one thing, and reality, sweet reality, is another thing, and between them is no thing.
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it isn't entertainment - but Burgess Meredith stars as the last patriarch, Don Learo!
13 April 1999 | by (Basel) – See all my reviews

certainly, if you're looking for entertainment and nothing else, then this isn't your movie. but if you want to have several insights concerning issues like authorship, patriarchy, literacy, the entertainment industry (hey, this is a Golan-Globus production!), the mafia, crime (anyone read Albert Fried's Rise and fall of the Jewish gangster in America?).....don't miss Godard's King Lear!


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