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King Lear (1971) DVD

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King Lear (1971)


Peter Brook


Peter Brook, William Shakespeare (play)


Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack
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.

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  1. Best Shakespeare I have seen (by a lot). 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 28th 2018

    1960's, black and white film., great, spare, acting and directing, no thespian foolishness. Not for the faint of heart-- it is, for me, a shattering experience. Nevertheless, if you fail to see it, you are really missing out on something in your life.

  2. Thank you 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 14th 2017

    I used this DVD in my classroom. Immaculate condition.

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