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King Lear(1971)

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  • Earthy and Real

    • Johnny
    • 4/1/10

    Caught this in the middle of the night on TCM last month. I was rivited by the filthy realism. The care of the camera set-ups. The black and white. Perfect. Damn fine art. The composition of the sceens and their setting - seaside beaches and flat, treeless landscapes. Earthy, inspiring, stark and beautiful. The smart, smart editing. We share blindness with blurred images and a black screen - just enough. The sure-handed directing. Nothing phony anywhere. All of the dialog was delivered clear, honest and understadable. No theatrical showboating. Heart-ripping. I recognized none of the actors, but later learned that Paul Scofield played Lear. The other cast members were fabulous. This art, this talent, is lost today.

  • A MASTERPIECE STRIPPED OF ITS MASK

    • Henry Hoffman
    • 3/25/10

    I partly agree w/ contributor Mark: the film is worth a nod, because of the opportunity to experience Paul Scofield, as Lear whom I saw do it on the stage in a mercilessly legato reading (four hours) under white light (Kabuki-Noh-flavored), also directed by Peter Brook. Brook himself said he wanted the negative of the film destroyed, because he felt that he had robbed the play of its ancillary colors; instead, he resorted to a determination to out-Beckett Beckett! The Olivier-Michael Elliot TVproduction for Granada in 1984 was a much more interesting film treatment, because of the great Olivier in a performance that went beyond acting, but also because of the spectator's privilege of experiencing the language & the rich subtext of a play that Harold Bloom said demonstrates that after Shakespeare's Lear something goes out of Western literature itself.

  • A Neglected Classic

    • Mark
    • 3/10/08

    This is a suburb film but one whose finery is lost in todays labyrinth of technicolor pizazz, high-tech special effects and big name US actors. This is Shakespeare in a noir-ish film whose actors are some of the best ever to grace the British Screen. I purchased this at a UK site a couple of years ago after seeing in once in Germany almost 15 years ago. It has really stuck with me as the characters and minimalist acting is so good you will miss it if you are not paying attention. The story is a bit hard to follow as many scenes from the play were left out of the film. But if you know the play you will not miss much. Now if we can just get TCM to run Charlton Heston's Antony And Cleopatra, another neglected classic...

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