King Lear (1987)

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  • Molly Ringwald and Burgess Meredith in King Lear (1987)
  • Jean-Luc Godard in King Lear (1987)
  • Peter Sellars in King Lear (1987)
  • Peter Sellars in King Lear (1987)
  • Molly Ringwald in King Lear (1987)
  • Woody Allen in King Lear (1987)

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Jean-Luc Godard


William Shakespeare (play)

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18 September 2000 | lemmy caution
| No Thing
Godard's listless crapfest is a big waste of time. I mean- it's fine if you want to pick one scene from a play and analyse it for an hour and a half; it's fine if you want to do this in an obscure semi-story way that only become the tiniest bit clear after having watched the whole thing.

But when it's constructed as an endurance test, with the director holding the audience in contempt- I mean, why waste your time? (To the end of making your experience as unpleasant as possible, Godard shows up as a "professor", mumbling unintelligible profundities. And then throws piles of squealing seagulls and vari-speeded music onto the soundtrack. Thanks for reminding us that film is a constructed medium, professor!)

There were a couple effective scenes, but they were immediately undermined by what followed. I did think a little about Lear, but more to keep myself occupied than from any theses the film presented.

And a caveat to anyone considering seeing this because the IMDB credits list Woody Allen: don't bother; he's only in the flick for a few minutes at the end and barely says anything.

To review: avoid.

Rating: 3 out of 10 (very poor)

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