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King Lear (1971 UK film)

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Director  Peter Brook
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  4 February 1971 (1971-02-04)
Writer  Peter Brook, William Shakespeare (play)
Awards  Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Genres  Drama film, Historical period drama, Political drama
Cast  Paul Scofield (King Lear), Irene Worth (Goneril), Cyril Cusack (Albany), Susan Engel (Regan), Tom Fleming (Kent), Anne-Lise Gabold (Cordelia)
Similar movies  King of Texas (2002), Ran (1985), A Thousand Acres (1997), Macbeth (1971), Hamlet (1969)

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King Lear is a 1971 British film adaptation of the Shakespeare play directed by Peter Brook and starring Paul Scofield.


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  • Cyril Cusack as Albany
  • Susan Engel as Regan
  • Tom Fleming as Kent
  • Anne-Lise Gabold as Cordelia
  • Ian Hogg as Edmund
  • Søren Elung Jensen as Duke of Burgundy
  • Robert Langdon Lloyd as Edgar (as Robert Lloyd)
  • Jack MacGowran as Fool
  • Patrick Magee as Cornwall
  • Paul Scofield as King Lear
  • Barry Stanton as Oswald
  • Alan Webb as Gloucester
  • Irene Worth as Goneril
  • Review

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    Brook's film starkly divided the critics: Pauline Kael said "I didn't just dislike this production, I hated it!" and suggested the alternative title "Night of the Living Dead". Yet Robert Hatch in The Nation thought it as "excellent a filming of the play as one can expect" and Vincent Canby in The New York Times called it "an exalting Lear, full of exquisite terror". The film drew heavily on the ideas of Jan Kott, in particular his observation that King Lear was the precursor of absurdist theatre: in particular, the film has parallels with Beckett's Endgame. Critics who dislike the film particularly draw attention to its bleak nature from its opening: complaining that the world of the play does not deteriorate with Lear's suffering, but commences dark, colourless and wintry, leaving (in Douglas Brode's words) "Lear, the land, and us with nowhere to go". Cruelty pervades the film, which does not distinguish between the violence of ostensibly good and evil characters, presenting both savagely. Paul Scofield, as Lear, eschews sentimentality: this demanding old man with a coterie of unruly knights provokes audience sympathy for the daughters in the early scenes, and his presentation explicitly rejects the tradition (as Daniel Rosenthal describes it) of playing Lear as "poor old white-haired patriarch".

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