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King Lear (1987)

Synopsis
Feature film version of the play. Widely criticised and a commercial failure, the film was received as an interesting deconstruction or completely unintelligible according to taste. The film makes the premise that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has wiped out all works of culture including Shakespeare’s plays. William Shakespeare Junior the Fifth sets out on a mission to reconstruct his ancestor’s work.
Language
English
Country
Switzerland; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1987
Notes
Budget $1.4m
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Credits

Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Producer
Menahem Golan; Yoram Globus
Cinematographer
Sophie Maintigneux
Cast
Burgess Meredith 
Molly Ringwald 
Norman Mailer 
Peter Sellars 
Woody Allen 

Production Company

Name

Cannon

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States
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