Don’t miss the Shakespeare Uncovered documentary about King Lear, hosted by Christopher Plummer.
|Ian McKellen in 2007|
Ian McKellen also provides some insight into Lear, as does Simon Russell Beale, who recently performed Lear, directed by Sam Mendes, at the National Theatre, in 2014 (which I reviewed here).
|Simon Russell Beale in 2014|
|Joseph Marcell in 2014|
One of my favorite parts of these documentaries is when they show clips of previous film versions of the Shakespeare plays. In this case, they have clips from the first King Lear on film, a silent film from 1910.
You can even see the full film here on YouTube. It's only 16 minutes long:
Mr. Plummer’s favorite film Lear is the Russian black and white film version from 1971, directed by Grigori Kozintsev. I have never seen that version, but it does look very impressive, and the cinematography looks fantastic. Mr. Plummer is particularly impressed by the actor Jüri Järvet, whose Lear he describes as “always on the edge of madness.”
|Juri Jarvet, on the right, from 1971|
There is also some scholarly discussion of the play, by Jonathan Bate, Stephen Greenblatt and Jerry Brotton.
|Christopher Plummer as Benedick in 1961|
|As Henry V, in 1956|
David B. Schajer
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