- Actors: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Alan Webb, Patrick Magee, Jack MacGowran
- Directors: Peter Brook
- Format: Black & White, NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Run Time: 137 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002AAPQW
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Peter Brook's King Lear
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folly to anger and bitterness, to madness, and then to humility and understanding. Peter Brook films the play in the winter of England which adds to the bleakness of the tragedy. The visuals are stunning in black and white - an outstanding choice to
bring out the mythic nature of the play. Outstanding...should be on DVD.
As another reviewer put it: "The power of the text is given full rein in stunning performances, in particular that of Paul Scofield, an actor of breathtaking skill, emotional depth and humility. Full accolades must go to Scofield, with his craggy face, startling eyes and suitably moody performance." And I heartily agree. Scofield's performance is incredible. This is one Lear you won't soon forget.
(This is a very difficult video to find -- some libraries still have it, and I found it there. If you can find a copy, consider yourself most fortunate. You'll find occasion to watch this excellent production by the Royal Shakespeare Company more than once!)
Will the "powers that be" please reissue it on a DVD in the USA at an affordable price? Attention-Criterion!
If you haven't seen Peter Brooks' King Lear, you've missed an experience of the play that will transform your appreciation of Shakespeare forever. Pure genius. Thought-provoking, disturbing, also oddly inspiring...and amazing cinematography that enhances the experience through the stark landscapes and use of light and shadow.
To the reviewer just above me - what is offered on this Amazon page is a VIDEO, not a DVD. Brooks' Lear has (unfortunately!) not been officially released on DVD for the U.S. market and unfortunately the only DVD version I have found available is for Region 2 (PAL), which works in the U.K. Get the video version offered here if you're after the best production values available at this time for those of us in the U.S. or Canada (or any NTSC [region 1] viewing areas).
Paul Scofield (1922-2008) (A man for all seasons), made probably his most extraordinary lifetime role with this enigmatic and emblematic personage of Shakespeare's genius.
Respect King Lear and Orson Welles there's a curious and worthy to tell fact. Lear was the first Shakespeare's work learnt by him when he was just a kid and finally it was his unfinished project when the death surprised him in October 10, 1985. Previously, in 1957 O. W. recreated King Lear under the direction of Peter Brook too but in theatre, as well as Laurence Olivier during the early eighties, but as far as I know, the powerful ambiance and primitive stages in which this existential drama was conveyed nurtured and provided of ferocious realism this outstanding adaptation. Of course, we should not ignore the mesmerizing adaptation of Kurosawa in Ran in 1985.
Sequences like the fury of elements, the initial statement of Lear, the disinheritance of Cordelia, the curse over Goneril, the painful dialogue with Gloucester in the middle of nowhere on that lonely shore and his last words hardly will be able to be erased from our memory.
Special kudos for the unforgettable Irene Worth as Goneril and Patrick Mac Gohan as Duke Cornwall.
A film that has become legend since its immediate release.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best movie I ever have seen. Thirty-six years after viewing it (once) at an art house cinema, I recall Peter Brook's presentation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" more... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tuck Newport
If you love Shakespeare and haven't seen this performance, try to see it. Because it is not released on DVD, you must either pay an expensive price for a tape or see if you can... Read morePublished 12 months ago by oldcountry
This is to my mind the best adaptation of Shakespeare's most horrific play,I am sad to see here it is not available in "USA format." Bleak, black, a work of darkness and despair. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by LAURA
This rare movie of Peter Brooks,made in the 80's, is rarely mentioned in the reviews about the cinematographic adaptations of King Lear. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Deniza Futuro
I saw this LIVE and more than forty years on, it reverberates vividly in my mind and heart. I've seen many great Lears but nothing matches Scofield. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Peter G. Keen
The most distinguished King Lear that I have had the priviledge of experiencing. Scofield's portrayal of the King who "knew himself only slenderly" Is as compelling and cathartic... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Ronald Brady
The great Ingmar Bergman never got around to directing KING LEAR, but if he had the results might have looked something like this. Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
Paul Scofield has made a habit of appearing in magnificent, but critically so-so adoptions of the Bard. Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by G. Hughes
Shakespeare's written words are eloquent, but seeing the play acted by actors of Scofield's caliber adds another dimension of power and understanding. Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Thomas V. Warthen