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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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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Woody Allen ... Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Freddy Buache ... Professor Quentin Kozintsev (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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Storyline

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 lost artwork of the human race. He finds strange goings-on at a resort enough to remind him of all the lines of the play, dealing with mob boss Don Learo and his daughter Cordelia, a strange professor named Jean Luc-Godard (sic), who repeatedly xeroxes his hand for no particular reason. He is followed by four humanoid goblins that keep tormenting Cordelia. There is also the gentleman whose girlfriend, Valerie, isn't always visible. Then the film is sent off to New York for Mr. Alien to edit. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Bahamas | France | Switzerland

Language:

French | English | Russian | Japanese

Release Date:

3 April 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,756, 24 January 1988

Gross USA:

$61,821

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean-Luc Godard wanted Lee Marvin as his Lear. See more »

Quotes

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 King Lear (1910) See more »

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User Reviews

 
it isn't entertainment - but Burgess Meredith stars as the last patriarch, Don Learo!
13 April 1999 | by naxashSee all my reviews

certainly, if you're looking for entertainment and nothing else, then this isn't your movie. but if you want to have several insights concerning issues like authorship, patriarchy, literacy, the entertainment industry (hey, this is a Golan-Globus production!), the mafia, crime (anyone read Albert Fried's Rise and fall of the Jewish gangster in America?).....don't miss Godard's King Lear!


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