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King Lear (1971)

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Brook

Writers:

Peter Brook, William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Scofield ... King Lear
Irene Worth ... Goneril
Cyril Cusack ... Albany
Susan Engel ... Regan
Tom Fleming Tom Fleming ... Kent
Anne-Lise Gabold Anne-Lise Gabold ... Cordelia
Ian Hogg ... Edmund
Robert Langdon Lloyd Robert Langdon Lloyd ... Edgar (as Robert Lloyd)
Jack MacGowran ... Fool
Patrick Magee ... Cornwall
Barry Stanton ... Oswald
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Gloucester
Søren Elung Jensen Søren Elung Jensen ... Duke of Burgundy
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Storyline

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's especially galling because he turned over his entire kingdom to them. Paul Scofield is an ancient, imposing shell of a Lear tormented by his too-long life as well as by daughters he calls "unnatural hags." At one point, the king looks his eldest daughter, Goneril (Ireme Worth), straight in the eye and declares, "Thou art a boil, a plague-sore, of embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood." These are the troubles not even the best-trained family counselor could ever hope to resolve. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Kong Lear See more »

Filming Locations:

Råbjerg Mile, Jylland, Denmark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filmways also produced Tony Richardson's " Hamlet" and the 1968 version of " A Midsummer's Nights Dream ". They had planned to film the Polanski " Macbeth " , but pulled out at the last minute. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Lear: Know that we have divided In three our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age; Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Unburthen'd crawl toward death.
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Crazy Credits

Not only is there no music in the film, but there are no "ambient sounds" at all during the opening credits, giving the impression that they were filmed using no soundtrack whatsoever. See more »

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Version of Whatever Next?: Episode #2.1 (1970) See more »

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5 June 2003 | by supertedgSee all my reviews

Peter Brook's film is a very bleak and barbaric interpretation of King Lear. He does a great job directing and whilst some of his experimentation doesn't pay off (such as very strange zooming with Kent at the beginning), when it does pay off it is fantastic (such as Lear's monologues)


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