King Lear

1987, Drama, 1h 30m

11 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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As the world recovers from the destruction of the Chernobyl disaster, William Shakespeare Jr. the Fifth (Peter Sellars) attempts to restore the human race's great works of art. His quest takes takes him to a hotel in Switzerland where he meets an old gangster (Burgess Meredith) and his daughter, Cordelia (Molly Ringwald). William's journey also leads him to encounters with an absurd professor (Jean-Luc Godard) and an unhinged filmmaker (Woody Allen).

Cast & Crew

Burgess Meredith
Don Learo (uncredited)
Peter Sellars
William Shaksper Junior the Fifth (uncredited)
Molly Ringwald
Cordelia (uncredited)
Jean-Luc Godard
Professor Pluggy (uncredited)
Woody Allen
Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Sophie Maintigneux
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  • Nov 23, 2008
    I originally gave this 4 stars. Um, really? Admittedly it was well over 10 years ago I last saw this. I wonder if I actually understood it back then, because I sure don't now... I see this as more art piece than movie. It is virtually incomprehensible, and just so much happening. Choppy. There's a blethering old guy with such an irritating voice you just want him to shut up, let alone take in any of his ramblings. There are some nice shots and eerie music. And seagull sounds. There's some lovely outdoor shots and some 80's fashions. I'm not sure what's up with the models running around the countryside. There is Molly Ringwald - let's face it, the reason I bought this. (Don't buy it for Molly Ringwald. She's great and I could feel the depression of her character, but she's great in better movies than this one). I can't totally pan this, because it's interesting. There's parts that make me want to like it. But I'm not at all sure that's actually what the director wants here.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]My love-hate relationship with Jean-Luc Godard continues here with his 1987 film "King Lear." It starts off with Norman Mailer and ends with Woody Allen. What it's about is much less clear: one of William Shakespeare's descendants is hunting around for the old master's material while meanwhile running into various people including Burgess Meredith and Molly Ringwald, playing respectively, a writer obsessed with Jewish gangsters and his daughter, Cordelia. When he's done with Shakespeare's corpse, Godard goes to work on Virginia Woolf's corpse...[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#2f4f4f][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#2f4f4f]What does any of this have to do with King Lear? Very little, I think. But then I think that's the idea.[/color][/font]
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