King Lear

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Made on location in what looks like a perilously cold Denmark, Brook's only Shakespeare on celluloid found a similarly frosty reception, especially as it came out just after Kozintsev's grandly conceived Russian version. Brook's filming is graceless - looming close-ups, perverse camera moves - but there are some remarkable performances (developed from his much praised stage production a few years before with Scofield). The conception is consistent with the influential views of Jan Kott, who saw Lear as a precursor to Beckett's plays about human blindness and nothingness (a line reinforced by the casting of MacGowran as the Fool, and Magee as the Duke of Cornwall). A bleak interpretation, in every sense.

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Duration: 137 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Brook
Cast: Paul Scofield
Irene Worth
Alan Webb
Tom Fleming
Susan Engel
Annelise Gabold
Jack MacGowran
Cyril Cusack
Patrick Magee
Robert Langdon Lloyd
Ian Hogg
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