King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but sh...
|Corporate Author:||Robert Saudek Associates., Archive of American Television., E1 Entertainment (Firm)|
|Other Authors:||Brook, Peter, 1925-, Rickey, Fred., McCullough, Andrew., Welles, Orson, 1915-1985., Parry, Natasha., Moss, Arnold, 1910-1989., Fletcher, Bramwell., Phillips, Margaret, 1923-1984., Stewart, David J., d. 1966., Badel, Alan., Straight, Beatrice., Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004., Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989., Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.|
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King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.
Title from container.
"Omnibus, volume 3."
Special featurs: Backstage preview of Omnibus: King Lear (10/11/53); Dr. Frank Baxter on The Globe Theatre (11/29/53); Alistair Cooke: live remote from the Yale Shakespeare Festival, including scenes from "The merry wives of Windsor" (2/21/54); Walter Kerr on staging Shakespeare, including scenes from "Hamlet" (1/30/55). Booklet with contributions by Peter Brook and Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow.
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 reference guide (15 p. : ports. ; 19 cm.)
DVD, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Staged by Peter Brook ; music, Virgil Thomson.
for home use only