Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »
Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare's tragic titular monarch in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.
Aging King Lear decides to surrender his throne to his three daughters and solicits comments from them about their devotion and love to him. Goneril and Regan, the elder married daughters, flatter their father with profusely exaggerated declarations of filial devotion, but Goneril, his unmarried youngest, refuses to try to outdo her sisters in insincerity and declares her loyalty to her father in more subdued terms. The egocentric king disinherits her it a fit of pique and banishes her, as well as Kent, one of his most loyal ministers, who had the temerity to criticize the king's actions. The aging Lear is not happy in retirement as first one and then both of his daughters turn their backs on their now powerless father. Cordelia, now married to the King of France, remains loyal to her father despite his treatment of her and invades England with the French army in hopes of restoring her father to the throne. In the meantime, the Duke of Gloucester's illegitimate son Edmund plots to ... Written by
Gabe Taverney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The fool was almost completely cut, but this is a good version anyway. Gotta remember it was made for TV and take it as it is. I read somewhere that someone said once that they had never seen a bad version of "Hamlet", and that goes for Lear, too, though (big Peter Brook fan that I am) Peter Brook's version is one that I haven't made it all the way through quite yet. The running time here has been cut by almost an hour and a half, but that is OK. Patrick Magee started slowly, but his journey into madness is very effective. I have yet to see the version done by Laurence Olivier and I have high hopes for it. I am very happy with this version.
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