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King Lear 

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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Edgar
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David Lyon ...
Michael Simkins ...
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Martin Chamberlain ...
Adrian Irvine ...
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William Osborne ...
Michael Bryant ...
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Interesting Lear, if only I could hear him...
12 February 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Ian Holm did an outstanding job portraying King Lear in this TV film version. He plays the part with a virile energy that comes at first as shocking, by turns cursing and childlike. He does engender the viewer's sympathy as being misused, but the supporting cast is not equal. Edgar comes across as pathetic and stupid, not misused. The sisters are decently evil, and Gloucester is fairly deceived, but the action is hard to understand and not assisted by directing. The set and costumes are used sparingly, which may hold accordance with the sparse means of Shakespeare's day but fails to entertain a filmgoer's eye. One might question why a movie was made at all, if the advantages of the art would not be put to use. Know the plot well before you watch it, for the sound suffers in the storm scene so much that you might as well fast forward or be content with watching. Maybe I've been spoiled by Kenneth Branagh, but I come to expect more watchable stuff out of such an excellent play.


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