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King Lear (11 Oct. 1998)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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an aparently unappreciated work of art
31 October 2003 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

Contrary to a commenter before me, I was blown away and amazed at the deep richness of the emotions that were put forth in this version of King Lear. I'd like to say that Ian Holm is by far the most profound actor to play the role of King Lear. The role of King Lear is one part in Shakespeare that is difficult to cast for two reasons: 1.) it requires a VERY OLD MAN with 2.) an immense amount of energy. Failing to see that those two requirements are near impossible to find in today's acting society, one could say that it was "different." Let me give you a little hint. King Lear suffers from dimentia, and as a result goes mad. It's quite simple you see. When one suffers from dimentia and goes mad, one does not become a vegetable, one is more active than ever. Overacting is described a bit too loosley sometimes, and this is one of those cases as my fellow commenter has described. So I guess putting emotion, thought, and motivation, is considered motivation now adays. Hmm. Then, personally, I'd like to see another melodrama, hopefully with Ian Holms in it. I thank you for listening.


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