#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Sir Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare’s tragic monarch, in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright’s most enduring and haunting works.
Plot: King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear’s loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.
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An Old man comes to his sense and brings me to tears
If you want to understand the nature of human beings, or want to make a list what kind of humans there are, watch King Lear.
Human folly, betrayal, misunderstanding, treachery, infidelity, kindness, faithfulness, bravery, and so on.
Of the episodes, the scene where King Lear meets his daughter Cordelia and comes to senses brings me to tears when he says He is old and foolish. That performance! If not watched I think a person will miss something in her/his life.
I think Shakespeare had put everything he had in writing this play. This is the most engaging and deeply moving play after the Greek Oedepus plays.
I sincerely pray for the people who took such pain portraying characters of this drama.
Ian McKellen’s Hard Hitting Tolstoyan Lear Features A Sizzling Young Cast!
This is the best televised KING LEAR I’ve seen since Laurence Olivier’s spectacular all-star version in the mid-Eighties.
The cast is uniformly excellent. Ian McKellen shines as King Lear, both tearful and noble, and Romola Garai is radiant and tender as Cordelia. Frances Barber and Monica Dolan are both deliciously desirable and genuinely menacing as the scheming sisters, Regan and Goneril. Sylvester McCoy is a touching and witty fool, and Philip Winchester is a dangerously seductive Edmund.
Another reviewer raised an interesting question: in what era does this KING LEAR take place? Laurence Olivier’s classic version was set in ancient England, with Stonehenge like backdrops and characters resplendent in heavy Celtic ornaments of gold and silver.
This story, however, is clearly meant to be set in Czarist Russia. Lear’s hundred knights are re-imagined as singing, dancing, somersaulting Cossacks. His daughters wear delectable ball gowns. And Lear himself is clearly patterned on real-life Russian author Leo Tolstoy. The intriguing question is why Trevor Nunn went this route.
The answer lies in a classic literary essay, “Lear, Tolstoy and The Fool” by George Orwell. Orwell recounts how, in his last years, the one-time womanizer and literary lion Tolstoy became savagely puritanical, renouncing not only sex and alcohol but the literary classics of his youth. He even wrote a religious pamphlet denouncing Shakespeare as a depraved and immoral writer of the decadent past! Orwell does not mock Tolstoy for his opinions, but he does engage in some fascinating speculation about Tolstoy’s hatred of Shakespeare. He points out that the last years of Tolstoy’s life actually parallel the story of King Lear in uncanny detail. Just like Lear, Tolstoy attempted to renounce his privileges and power as a member of the Russian nobility. His children turned against him when he attempted to give away the family fortune to the poor. He fled from his own lands and died in poverty, accompanied by one faithful daughter.
All this makes for fascinating viewing, but in the final analysis it’s the acting and directing that make this production a classic. The intimate use of the camera allows the viewer to go in depth with characters who are usually played as one dimensional monsters. Watch the way Monica Dolan’s Regan reaches for her wine cup whenever she’s nervous or upset, and you can easily understand what causes her eventual downfall. Watch how Goneril’s henchman Oswald turns his back when Goneril is making out with handsome Edmund. Notice how the King of France is exasperated when Cordelia looks to Burgundy instead of him after Lear denounces her as an outcast. All of these characters grow in this sensitive film presentation of Shakespeare’s greatest play.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 36 min (156 min)
Director Trevor Nunn
Writer William Shakespeare (play)
Actors Ian McKellen, William Gaunt, Philip Winchester, Ben Meyjes
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
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