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Lear in Vietnam
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1465  Wednesday, 29 May 2002

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 May 2002 11:57:42 -0400
Subject:        Lear in Vietnam

From the Toronto Star TV guide May 25-31 re 'Path to War' a film by John
Frankenheimer:

'Dependent on the advice of Clifford and McNamara - both of whom, over
time, reversed their positions on Vietnam - Johnson backed himself into
a conflict from which there was little room for escape.


In focussing on Johnson's Vietnam policies, Frankenheimer refers to the
president as "a modern-day King Lear", adding; "This is a movie about
the downfall of a great man, a larger-than-life person brought down by
his own weaknesses." '

John Ramsay

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