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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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