King Lear

King Lear

DVD - 2010
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King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.

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redchard40
Sep 18, 2016

Absolutely masterful retelling of Shakespeare play. Spare, bleak, but wonderfully acted with brilliant lean score by Shostakovich.

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rayleroy
Jul 29, 2016

Very engrossing. Wonderful cinematography and spot-on casting/acting.

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mdubuque
Jun 15, 2014

This is the immortal version of Lear with Orson Welles. Nobody performed Shakespeare as memorably as Welles, in my view.

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G100
May 05, 2013

Its basically created by the Soviet All-Star team of the arts. Its my favorite Lear -- even counting Kurosawa's Ran.

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Tashi
May 15, 2010

Wonderful adaptation if Shakespeare's King Lear.
One of the best I have seen.

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