King Lear
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Two highly talented and innovative directors -- filmdom's Jean-Luc Godard and the theatre world's Peter Sellars -- join forces in this unusual (to say the least) slant on Shakespeare's King Lear. This offbeat adaptation gives the viewer a postmodern taste of Shakespeare through the eyes of a deliberately obscure auteur. The film is set some time after Chernobyl has wiped everything out, and the world is trying to set itself right again. William Shakespeare Jr. the Fifth (Peter Sellars) is faced with the task of restoring his famed ancestor's lost works. He visits a resort in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A challenge, as with all Godard, but not quite his most rewarding one."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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)."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Shakespeare through the Godard meat-grinder."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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