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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 4 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
This is a murky TV kinescope from the 1950s, so don't expect vivid picture quality, but this is a state-of-the-art video recording for its time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sam Cine
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