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Shakespeare’s King Lear and the Middle Ages

Synopsis
Educational film. A large part of Shakespeare’s heritage was rural and not yet touched by Renaissance ideas. The film explains King Lear in the context of life and culture in the Middle Ages, The king-father symbolising the authority of the past, primogeniture, astrology, and the dowry are all representative of the medieval culture. Includes an excerpt from the play.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1985
Duration
31 mins

Credits

Writer
John D. Mitchell
Cast
Robert StattelLear

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama; History
Keywords
Middle Ages; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Production Company

Name

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts (IASTA)

Distributor

Name

Fordham University Press

Email
kasweeney@fordham.edu
Web
http://fordhampress.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 718 817-4795
Fax
+1 718 817-4785
Address
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx
NY10458
USA
Notes
Fordham University Press distributes on DVD and videocassette programmes on the history of world theatre made by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts IASTA). Sale.

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