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I don't know of any other comparable production of Lear, unless one counts Kurosawa's Ran. It seems that the art of Shakespearean acting has been lost on the newer guys, so it is a pleasure to watch the old masters of the Royal Shakespeare Company go at it. They make Elizabethan English perfectly lucid to modern audiences. It is a great production.
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This together with the King Lear produced by the BBC are two of the best. With the both, there is no reason to travel anywhere to see another, for these cannot be beat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Albert D. Mason
Who am I to "review" Laurence Olivier's astounding portrait of King Lear!Published 8 months ago by R. A. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Olivier captures the transformation of Lear and gives reason to the development of his madness and his final clarity. This is my favorite Lear performance.Published 10 months ago by Tom Gray
The best King Lear on film. Superb cast and interesting staging of one of Shakespeare's great tragedies.Published 10 months ago by Gary Jenkins
My hero, what a splendid performance. My daughter claims I threw myself on Olivier's gravestone in Westminster Abbey, but I did not . . . Read morePublished 16 months ago by Picara
Having trouble "getting" Shakespeare? Watch Laurence Olivier's interpretation of Lear and you'll not only understand it; you'll feel it! Nobody does Shakespeare like Larry!Published 21 months ago by Barbara G.
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