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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

King Lear (1987, Jean-Luc Godard)

TitleKing Lear
Release LocationsFrance
Production LocationsSwitzerland
DirectorJean-Luc Godard
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 31 mins
LanguagesEnglish , French , Japanese , Russian
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


The most recent modernization of King Lear, this Godard production was screened at the Montreal Film Festival in August 1987. The celebrity cast makes it of special interest

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

CordeliaMolly Ringwald
Film EditorWoody Allen
The ProfesorJean-Luc Godard
HerselfKate Mailer
HimselfNorman Mailer
Don LearoBurgess Meredith
Will Shakespeare Jr.The FifthPeter Sellars

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJean-Luc Godard
ProducerYoran Globus
ProducerMenahan Golan
Adaptor/TranslatorJean-Luc Godard

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell