King Lear

Published 2003
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This bitter tragedy of misplaced trust, envy, power, and filial ingratitude, begins in fairy tale fashion. Intending to divide the realm among his three daughters, the aged King Lear seeks from each a testimony of love. The malevolent Goneril and Regan utter perfunctory replies; disingenuous and loyal Cordelia rejects deception: "[I] cannot heave my heart into my mouth; I love your majesty according to my bond, no more nor less." This response elicits her banishment, plunging Lear's Britain into civil war. Stripped of his wealth and sent out into a storm to beg, Lear is transformed from a dictatorial old man to a sad and defeated wreck plagued by madness.

Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Distributed by Ambrose Video Publishing, [2003?].
1 videodisc (185 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Other Title:
BBC TV Shakespeare (Television program)
The complete dramatic works of William Shakespeare. Tragedy [DVD].
"A BBC Television production in association with Time-Life Television." --End credits.
Special features: Digitally remastered ; picture & sound enhanced ; PC/Mac downloadable scripts ; scene selection.
Michael Hordern (King Lear), John Shapnel (Earl of Kent), Norman Rodway (Earl of Gloucester), Gillian Barge (Goneril), Penelope Wilton (Regan), Brenda Blethyn (Cordelia).
Taped Mar. 26-Apr. 2, 1982 at the BBC Television studios in London.
Originally produced by BBC & Time-Life Films for television broadcast in 1982.
System requirements for downloadable script: PC: Intel Pentium II or better, running Windows 98 or higher -- Mac: Power Macintosh G3 or better, running System 9.2 or higher -- DVD-ROM drive -- Adobe Acrobat.
Licensed for educational and home use.
English ; with optional English subtitles.
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