King Lear 1987


So while King Lear is not a particularly good or recommendable piece of cinema, although some claim it is, in terms of cinematic ephemera, it’s a must. Any film featuring Woody Allen, Molly Ringwald, Burgess Meredith, Julie Delpy, Norman Mailer and Jean-Luc Godard has to have a curiosity value, and even it that’s all it offers, King Lear has a certain fascination in the same way that the 1967 version of Casino Royale has. Most of the screen time is absorbed by Peter Sellars as William Shaksper Junior the Fifth, who is attempting to create a performance of King Lear in the wake of Chernobyl. This mafia-tinged version is never seen, although Meredith as Don Learo and Ringwald as Cordelia are seen rehearsing, while director Goddard plays someone called Professor Pluggy and is presumably doing this as an expensive joke on his producers good nature. A mess, a shambles, and yet not bereft of ideas, King Lear is one of the oddest films on You Tube today.


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