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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 »

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Jean-Luc Godard

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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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Fear and Loathing. A Study. An Approach. A Clearing. No Thing See more »

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USA

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Release Date:

10 August 1998 (Japan) See more »

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Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The original intended aspect ratio of the film is full-screen 4:3, as are all of Jean-Luc Godard's films by his own stated design. Many DVD releases of Godard's films, including this one, incorrectly matte the image to widescreen (1.85 in this film's case), losing a portion of the image. See more »

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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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Version of Omnibus: King Lear (1953) See more »

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Aggressively, offensively, violently boring.
9 July 1999 | by valmont7See all my reviews

No Plot. Four characters who don't interact. Nothing happens. Peter Sellars walks around and thinks. His recurring voice-over monologue obsessively examines a thought that is not very interesting to begin with. Not content merely to bore us, Goddard assaults us with shot after shot of crudely filmed, irrelevant imagery, accompanied by unintelligible overlapping speech. Perhaps there's something resembling an idea buried underneath all the nonsense. But I doubt it. And what does any of this have to do with 'King Lear'? To be bored by a film is bad enough, but this film is aggressively, offensively, violently boring.


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