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King Lear

1953 Rated NR 1hr 13m

Orson Welles stars in the 1953 Omnibus version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, originally broadcast on CBS using a shortened version of the play, which was staged by Peter Brook and filmed by director Andrew McCullough. Welles's energetic portrayal fully captures the dramatic force of Lear's epic denial, madness and loss. The first-rate cast also features Alan Badel as the Fool and Natasha Parry as Cordelia.

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Movie Details

Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1


English SDH

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; interviews/rehearsal footage with Peter Brook and Virgil Thomson; demonstration/discussion of scenes from Hamlet by Walter Kerr; reports from the Yale University Shakespeare Festival by Alastair Cooke.