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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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David Lyon ...
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Adrian Irvine ...
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William Osborne ...
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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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Drama

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11 October 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Brilliant performances in a stripped down setting
30 November 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Be forewarned - if you expect a time-period piece and literal translation of the story into it's origionally intended setting, you will be greatly dissapointed. But if you value a phenomenal gathering of theatrical performances, and an excellent, uncomplicated production, please take the time to watch this film! Ian Holm as Lear should not be passed by (if you are ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to see him in this role on stage, don't miss it!)

The production is filmed on sparse sets with simple costumes (taking after the stage production from which it was developed), allowing the language and emotion to come forward - the story needs no props or special effects, as it is nearly as perfect a tragedy as Shakespeare ever wrote.

I do recommend familiarizing yourself with the story if you haven't already, and let go of whatever preconcieved ideas you may have about what Shakespeare's stories 'ought' to look like.

Enjoy!


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