May 29, 2009

King Lear

Title: King Lear
Year: 1983
Network: Channel 4
Director: Michael Elliott
Writer: William Shakespeare
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Colin Blakely, Anna Calder-Marshall, Leo McKern, Dorothy Tutin, John Hurt, Diana Rigg
Music: Gordon Crosse
Length: 158 minutes
Synopsis: an elderly king gives up his kingdom and goes mad
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), November 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for cinematography, special effects/design and music) c. 3.0/4 (Good).

Wow, almost three hours of Shakespeare and I never got bored. The acting is exceptional. The production quality is very, very British Television.

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