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Needless to say, the mere idea of Holm doing Lear is brilliant. Good news is this production scores high marks across the board and lacks the at-times labored self-consciousness of the highly regarded Lear production featuring Olivier (The play can only bear the weight of one old King). Holm's portrayal of Lear's possible senility is not as overt and inevitable, he is more shown as a man who, at the peak of his power, uses that power to deny his responsibility for anything. He wants to be treated like a king without being burdened as a king. Making him out to simply be a senile old fool makes too much of a victim of him, especially to modern audiences. This king is old enough to have reached the end of his ambitions but not the end of his responsibilities--I believe that may be the core point of the play. Shakespeare needed Lear to be an old man because the idea of a younger man surrendering power probably would have seemed improbable, almost laughable, to his audiences without the introduction of a complexifying plot device, an external reason for the king to give up the throne. He'd also be handing power over to inappropriately younger heirs.Read more ›
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The best traversal of the part and the play that I have seen.Published 10 months ago by Nathaniel R. Brown
I was excited to get this DVD to show my high-school students at the end of our study of King Lear, so it was really worrisome when we were 40 minutes into this 2+ hour movie and I... Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by S. McKinney
This is a great depiction of Shakespeare's look at love and justice at the end of life. So be it.Published on March 20, 2013 by RonGus
Since I am not an expert but a student of the works of Shakespeare I will only address the subject of the fool. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Lee Roy Eddie
One school of cinema says you start a scene in the middle and end it before the action ends. This we see here. Shakespeare snipped. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Love Thy Enemy
Since my hearing is pretty bad - even with hearing aids - I depend on sub-titles and/or close captioning. Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by P. Hampel
Long before Ian McKellan bared his bod on the stage as King Lear, Ian Holm did it in this production. Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by Ramona Merrifield
When I read that Lear would be played by Ian Holm, I was shocked.
Ian Holm??????????? That tiny man who always plays mousy nebbishes?
Bilbo Baggins???? Read more
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