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Re: Film of King Lear (2000)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1476  Wednesday, 13 June 2001

[1]     From:   Kathryn Prince <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:00:15 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

[2]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 09:59:15 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

[3]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:42:35 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

[4]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 08:12:10 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

[5]     From:   Gary Allen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 23:55:35 EDT
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From:           Kathryn Prince <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:00:15 -0400
Subject: 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

Also missing from the Internet Movie Database, I believe, is Cromwell's
quirky 1999 King Lear starring Brian Blessed. Blessed directed the film
himself after falling out with his co- (or assistant?) director, so if
you want to see what happens when a bellowing lunatic has utter free
reign this is the film for you.

Kathryn Prince

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 09:59:15 -0400
Subject: 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

I can't help with Thomas Larque's inquiry about THE KING IS ALIVE, but I
do hope he remembers that THE DRESSER with Albert Finney and Tom
Courtenay is about the relationship between an actor who plays Lear and
his costuming assistant.

Jack Heller

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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:42:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

Could this be a video release of the Royal National Theatre production
that was broadcast in '99?

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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 08:12:10 -0700
Subject: 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

> Browsing the Internet Movie Database
> (www.imdb.com), I see that there was (or was supposed to be?) a film of
> "King Lear" released in 2000.

There was a film with Jessica Lange set in a small town in Iowa that was
very much an updated Lear.  It's called A Thousand Acres - I thought
this might be what you had heard of, but when I looked it up I found
that it was released in 1997.  Figured I'd send the info anyway.  Good
Luck.

Susan.

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From:           Gary Allen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 23:55:35 EDT
Subject: 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1460 Film of King Lear (2000)

Thomas Larque asks:

>Browsing the Internet Movie Database
>(www.imdb.com), I see that there was (or was supposed to be?) a film of
>"King Lear" released in 2000.  IMDB says nothing about this production
>other than that the Writing Credits belong to Ernst Kaufmann.  The only
>Lear related film that I know of in this period was "The King is Alive"
>- with stranded bus passengers acting out Lear.  Are the two related?
>If not, does anybody know anything about the Kaufmann "King Lear".

The scenarists of "The King Is Alive" are listed as Kristian Levring and
Anders Thomas Jensen, so it seems that movie is not your answer.

Since Mr. Kaufmann is otherwise unknown to the IMDB, or to Google for
that matter, I strongly suspect that this is a vanity entry by said
Writer himself.  Perhaps it is a screenplay he is trying to market to
the studios and this is his first blast of the trumpet.  Most
pre-production entries in IMDB for a movie in the making will list a
producer or lead actors, sometimes a director, but for the only
statement to be the screenwriter's name--and for a filming of
Shakespeare's most difficult tragedy, no less--is more an indicator of
delusions of grandeur than of accomplishment.  I'm willing to be proven
wrong should the next Tom Stoppard be ready to emerge, but how often
does that happen?

Gary

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