Thursday, February 12, 2009

Peter Brook's 1971 King Lear

King Lear. Dir. Peter Brook. Perf. Paul Scofield, Anne-Lise Gabold, Ian Hogg, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel, and Tom Fleming. 1971. DVD [PAL, Region 2 Format]. Uca, 2005.

“Shakespeare: Drama’s DNA.” Perf. Richard Eyre, Peter Brook, and Judy Dench. Dir. Roger Parsons. Changing Stages. Episode 1. BBC. 5 November 2000. Videocassette. Films for the Humanities, 2001.

Peter Brook's film version of King Lear hasn't been released in DVD in American markets. But I discovered a small segment on the videocassette that presented a short clip of Peter Brook's 1970 stage production of Midsummer Night's Dream.  It's starting to become something like Rare-and-Interesting-Clips-of-Shakespeare-Productions Week at Bardfilm!

Links: The Film at IMDB.

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Miles said...

Good news - Brook's King Lear in its entirety can currently be found on Youtube... with Spanish subtitles, admittedly... This is marvellous as it's not available on DVD in NZ either and I was about to buy a VHS player just to see it again.

kj said...

Wonderful! Thanks very much for calling our attention to that link!


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