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A Village King Lear (1911)

Le roi Lear au village (original title)
A blind father is prevailed upon to transfer his property to his two daughters, who promise to look after him properly. The elder daughter, with whom he first makes his home, is kind for a ... See full summary »

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A blind father is prevailed upon to transfer his property to his two daughters, who promise to look after him properly. The elder daughter, with whom he first makes his home, is kind for a short time, but attending to the requirements of a blind man soon becomes irksome, and she gradually relaxes her attentions and finally looks upon the old man as a great nuisance, and neglects him. After a time she loses all patience with his infirmity, and rather than be troubled with him any longer, takes him to the house of her younger sister. The younger sister is equally unwilling to give him the attention he needs, and heartbroken by the base ingratitude of his daughters, the old man leaves the house and his old servants find him wandering helplessly about the village. Knowing the conditions upon which the gift was made, they take him to the solicitor's office, where a meeting is arranged with his daughters. The elder daughter, in order to avoid the scandal which is otherwise bound to arise, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 July 1911 (USA)  »

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It doesn't get across powerfully
9 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a very intelligently produced picture of a tragic incident. It doesn't seem as effective as it ought to be. It is an extremely difficult situation to picture adequately, for the bitterness in such an old man's heart at being ill-treated by his two daughters, to whom he has given everything he owns, needs words to express it. The village Lear has to sit in judgment on himself and his daughters before he can feel all their sharp-toothed unkindness. These are things that cannot be expressed by gestures along. The acting is very good, but though the picture is interesting, it doesn't get across powerfully. - The Moving Picture World, July 22, 1911


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