King Lear (1971)
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Critic Reviews for King Lear
King Lear Is, I think, Brook at his manic best. It triumphantly ignores both romantic and naturalistic traditions to achieve something akin to the so-called new theater in film terms.
Shakespeare's Lear survives in his play and, will endure forever. Brook's Lear is a new conception, a rethinking, and a critical commentary on the play.
It seems always characteristic of Brook's] films, in contrast to his stage work, that at the last moment he loses nerve, loses confidence in his material, and feels the compulsion aggressively to assent on "cinematographic" personality and style.
Even if it doesn't wholly convince. the film was surely worth the try. Taken in isolation, there's some astonishing work involved.
It is a long, hard haul and. to my shame, I did at times find it dull.
Audience Reviews for King Lear
Very interesting and risky version of Lear. To some it will simply look unprofessional. I loved it. Very well acted.
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