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King Lear (1971)

King Lear

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In director Peter Brook's King Lear, Paul Scofield portrays the title character, a senile old ruler, whose susceptibility to flattery proves his undoing. The premise involves Lear's ill-fated attempts to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters -- a goal that ultimately leads to tragedy. The stark terrain of Denmark stands in for England in this version, adding a brooding visual texture to the picture that exists alongside the traditional Shakespearean dialogue. Lear's daughters are played by Irene Worth (Goneril), Susan Engel (Regan), and Anne-Lise Gabold (Cordelia); others in the cast are Alan Webb (Gloucester), Cyril Cusack (Albany), Patrick Magee (Cornwall), and Jack MacGowran (the Fool). Younger viewers and those faint at heart be warned: King Lear is one of Shakespeare's most graphically violent works, and director Brook takes every opportunity to emphasize the carnage and gore. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (some violent content)
Genre: Drama
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Paul Scofield
as King Lear
Søren Elung Jensen
as Duke of Burgundy
Cyril Cusack
as Duke of Albany
Tom Fleming
as Earl of Kent
Ian Hogg
as Edmund
Patrick Magee
as Duke of Cornwall
Alan Webb
as Duke of Gloucester
Irene Worth
as Goneril
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Brook's Lear is a new conception, a rethinking, and a critical commentary on the play. Much to talk about and discuss in the classroom setting, but it is just too academic to make a fully realized film.

Very interesting and risky version of Lear. To some it will simply look unprofessional. I loved it. Very well acted.

jazzmonk
Morris Nelms

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