King Lear

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King Lear is an arrogant old monarch who calls a special meeting so that each of his daughters can tell him, in the most flowery of terms, just how much she loves him. His oldest two are extremely eloquent and butter him up as much as they possibly can, but he is bitterly disappointed when his youngest and favorite daughter, Cordelia, gives only a plain and unadorned statement of love. He banishes her, giving the kingdom to her sisters, but they soon banish him, and he wanders in misery, realizing that only his youngest daughter truly loved him at all.

| 1971 | 2 hr 17 min | 7.2/10
Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel
Peter Brook
Produced By
Michael Birkett Mogens Skot-Hansen
King Lear
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Also starring Irene Worth