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51 Ratings

King Lear

Directed by Peter Brook
United Kingdom, Denmark, 1971


Paul Scofeld is an ancient, imposing shell of a Lear tormented by his too-long life as well as by daughters he calls “untatural hags.” The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”

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King Lear Directed by Peter Brook

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1972 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1971 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

Bodil Awards

1971 | Winner: Best Actor

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