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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 edge-of-your seat, totally riveting, emotional knockout.
18 October 1998 | by (Sierra Madre, California) – See all my reviews

I've read the play & seen other versions; this is by far the most riveting version I've ever seen, maybe the most riveting film I've ever seen. The stark sets strip your defenses away, and the performances claw you to the heart. I could not drag my eyes away from the action, especially the stunning Lear. Even if you are usually turned off by Shakespeare, don't fail to see Ian Holm in this surprisingly modern action drama!


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