King Lear
King Lear (1987)

This unconventional Shakespearean adaptation deconstructs the classic tale of a monarch whose attempt to split his kingdom amongst his three daughters leads to tragedy. Undeniably odd, this avant-garde reading of the play features… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 15, 1987
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Behind this is Godard's inability to resolve an essential contradiction in his work -- his reverence for ideas and theories and all sorts of philosophical speculation, and his utter disregard for a sustained, coherent presentation of them.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A challenge, as with all Godard, but not quite his most rewarding one.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Cinematographer Sophie Mantigneux creates crisp, memorable images and Godard masterfully edits them together (whether the final result is worth the effort is subject to question).

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Shakespeare through the Godard meat-grinder.

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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]My love-hate relationship with Jean-Luc Godard continues here with his 1987 film "King Lear." It starts off… More