King Lear

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Released 1971

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King Lear

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Director:
Peter Brook
Released:
1971
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King Lear is Peter Brook's well-regarded 1971 adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Shot in black and white and set in Denmark, Brook's version is a visually stark portrayal of the king who betrays a virtuous daughter and is betrayed by two wicked daughters in turn. King Lear (Paul Scofield) is an aging monarch who intends to relinquish his throne and split the kingdom among his three daughters. Goneril (Irene Worth) and Regan (Susan Engel) ingratiate themselves by playing on Lear's love of flattery, but when Cordelia (Anne-lise Gabold) honestly declares her love for her father and refuses to appeal to his vanity, Lear disowns her and she flees to France. Lear soon realizes that he has made a foolish decision; Goneril and Regan have no affection for him and care only for his power. Cordelia sends help from France when she hears her father is in danger, but Lear's actions may yet undo his family as he spirals even deeper into madness.moreless
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