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King Lear (1987)

Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Uncredited cast:
Woody Allen ... Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Freddy Buache ... Professor Quentin (uncredited)
Leos Carax ... Edgar (uncredited)
Julie Delpy ... Virginia (uncredited)
Jean-Luc Godard ... Professor Pluggy (uncredited)
Suzanne Lanza Suzanne Lanza ... (uncredited)
Kate Mailer Kate Mailer ... Herself (uncredited)
Norman Mailer ... Himself (uncredited)
Burgess Meredith ... Don Learo (uncredited)
Michèle Pétin Michèle Pétin ... Journalist (uncredited)
Molly Ringwald ... Cordelia (uncredited)
Peter Sellars ... William Shaksper Junior the Fifth (uncredited)
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USA

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Release Date:

10 August 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Great Writer: For words are one thing, and reality, sweet reality, is another thing, and between them is no thing.
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interesting and innovative
22 August 1999 | by LaundrySee all my reviews

Cahiers du Cinema rated this as one of the top ten films of 1987. On the other hand, Leonard Maltin said of it, "Bizarre, garish, contemporary punk-apocalyptic updating of Shakespeare classic. Little to be said about this pretentious mess except... avoid it." I don't think it is a great film, but I certainly don't think it can be dismissed in such an offhand manner. There was a lot of thought put into it, and it can be very thought provoking, and also quite funny. I liked this film quite a lot and I thought it was interesting. I think it is very innovative and ahead of it's time; it almost seems like a multimedia project more than a film. I can see how people might find it very boring, but I didn't at all. It deals with many issues that have since become prominent themes in academic discourse.


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