Peter Brook (who knows how to make the most of elements and set his masterful hand in play, both in theater and cinema) directs his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. King Lear (Paul Scofield), having decided to split his kingdom between his three daughters, decides to apportion the lands according to which daughter declaims her love for him best. And, of course, from then on everything gets complicated. When his daughter Cordelia refuses to flatter her father’s ego with claims of devotion, Lear angrily gives the lion’s share of his power to her sisters, Goneril and Regan. They soon abuse this trust, and Lear finds himself powerless. Before long he is drifting into madness, as his former empire falls apart.
D: Peter Brook F: Henning Kristiansen E: Kasper Schyberg DA: Georges Wakhévitch S: Bob Allen P: Michael Birkett PE: Sam Lomberg I: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel, Tom Fleming