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Shakespeare's King Lear and the Middle Ages (1985)

TitleShakespeare's King Lear and the Middle Ages
Release LocationsUSA
MediumColor video
Length31 mins
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (educational)


"The film holds, 'as t'were the mirror' up to the Middle Ages, for the Medieval image of the world survived into the Elizabethan Age. The king-father symbolizing the authority of the past, primogeniture, astrology and the dowry are all representative of the Medieval culture as reflected in Shakespeare's King Lear. In this film, Robert Stattel recreates his role of Shakespeare's tragic monarch" (IAS Catalog)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

King LearRobert Stattel

Company Overview

Producer IAS

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell