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King Lear

  • Film

Time Out says

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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Release Details

  • 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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