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King Lear

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Original title
King Lear
Year
Running time
137 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Peter Brook (Play: William Shakespeare)
Cinematography
Henning Kristiansen (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United Kingdom-Denmark; Athéna Films / Filmways Pictures / Laterna Film / Royal Shakespeare Company
Genre
Drama
Movie Groups
Shakespeare: King Lear
New
Synopsis / Plot
The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's especially galling because he turned over his entire kingdom to them. Paul Scofeld is an ancient, imposing shell of a Lear tormented by his too-long life as well as by daughters he calls "untatural hags." At one point, the king looks his eldest daughter, Goneril (Ireme Worth), straight in the eye and declares, "Thou art a boil, a plague-sore, of embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood." These are the troubles not even the best-trained family counselor could ever hope to resolve.
Awards
1971: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Webb)
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