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Shakespeare on Film: King Lear

BBC/Time Life

Digital Theatre-Jonathan Pryce

Michael Attenborough brings Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Almeida stage.
When Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him, he is flattered by the false hyperbole of Regan and Goneril. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, his pride is dented and he casts her out of his kingdom. Too late to realize his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.
Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce plays the title role in a production that formed part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

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Michael Attenborough brings Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Almeida stage.

When Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him, he is flattered by the false hyperbole of Regan and Goneril. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, his pride is dented and he casts her out of his kingdom.

Too late to realise his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.

Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce plays the title role in a production that formed part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

- See more at: http://www.digitaltheatre.com/production/details/king-lear-jonathan-pryce/play#sthash.yJZKYlgU.dpuf

Michael Attenborough brings Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Almeida stage.

When Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him, he is flattered by the false hyperbole of Regan and Goneril. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, his pride is dented and he casts her out of his kingdom.

Too late to realise his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.

Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce plays the title role in a production that formed part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

- See more at: http://www.digitaltheatre.com/production/details/king-lear-jonathan-pryce/play#sthash.yJZKYlgU.dpuf

Olivier

Silent Film

Supplemental Documentary

From the 2015 Second Series of Shakespeare Uncovered, watch the one-hour episode about King Lear, which features Christopher Plummer, Ian McKellan, and Simon Russell Beale discussing their experience playing the title role. Available for free to Amazon Prime members, and for a small rental fee to non-Prime members.

Note: This does not count as viewing a Lear adaptation, but would be rich supplemental viewing.