King Lear

1971, Drama, 2h 16m

6 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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King Lear (Paul Scofield) is a proud man who solicits praise from his three daughters in return for inheritance of the kingdom. Daughters Goneril (Irene Worth) and Regan (Susan Engel) profess their affection vehemently. Cordelia (Anne-Lise Gabold), who does not respect the process her father has chosen, does not humor him. Lear's perceived rejection from Cordelia leads him to banish her, thus splitting the kingdom between the other two. His hasty decision becomes his fatal error.

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  • King Lear Is, I think, Brook at his manic best. It triumphantly ignores both romantic and naturalistic traditions to achieve something akin to the so-called new theater in film terms.

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  • It seems always characteristic of Brook's] films, in contrast to his stage work, that at the last moment he loses nerve, loses confidence in his material, and feels the compulsion aggressively to assent on "cinematographic" personality and style.

    March 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Even if it doesn't wholly convince. the film was surely worth the try. Taken in isolation, there's some astonishing work involved.

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  • It is a long, hard haul and. to my shame, I did at times find it dull.

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  • Shakespeare's Lear survives in his play and, will endure forever. Brook's Lear is a new conception, a rethinking, and a critical commentary on the play.

    March 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Above all, Mr Brook has allowed a notable cast to feel and use, really to use the marvellous language.

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  • Apr 10, 2008
    Very interesting and risky version of Lear. To some it will simply look unprofessional. I loved it. Very well acted.
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