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Shot live for the prestigious Omnibus series, Orson Welles masterfully plays the title role in the Shakespearean classic about a beleaguered king who is betrayed by the greed of his daughters. Broadcast live on CBS.
I love king Lear, I do love Orson Wells! But this copy, while he's excellent in it, is all dark & too monologey !! I had it for a a week & couldn't finish it, .... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sarah
Invaluable document of great performance by dedicated Shakespearean actor/director Orson Welles. Kinescope image smeary but typical of early television recording process. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Schofill
Just a very quick point.
This is a highly cut version of Lear.
But to see Orson Welles in the part is even beyond a Revelation.
No words for it!!!! Read more
I give this Four Stars for the great Orson Welles-for any thing that Welles does is great. There are also some other note worthy performances- for instance a wonderfully original... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Opera Ghost
It is rumored that Wells was involved in the Elizabeth Short murder.
What exactly his involvement was is a guess that leaves one to wonder about the scandalous... Read more
Extras as interesting as the film, teaching a history lesson on shakespeare's reception in the context of 1950s US TV audience. Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Fernanda Medeiros
This Lear is of historical interest - old TV trying to be cultured, but it is a very poor enactment of the play. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Peregrine Reader
I'm a huge Orson Welles fan. His MacBeth is still my favorite of all the versions available. But this is a disaster: horrible sound and video quality (like watching through your... Read morePublished on February 15, 2001