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Watch National Theatre Live: King Lear

National Theatre Live: King Lear is a movie starring Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack, and Danny Webb. Two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of...

Jonathan Munby
Ian McKellen, Danny Webb, Kirsty Bushell, Sinéad Cusack

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Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Munby
Writer William Shakespeare
Stars Ian McKellen, Danny Webb, Kirsty Bushell, Sinéad Cusack
Country UK
Also Known As 英国国家剧院现场:李尔王, 李尔王, National Theatre Live: Król Lear, ナショナル・シアター・ライヴ 2019 「リア王」
Runtime 3 h 47 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description Two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, and their worlds crumble. Tender, violent, moving, and shocking, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's epic masterpiece in the intimate setting of the Minerva Theatre.

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Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 07:59

I agree with this film, but I feel it is a little over-dramatic and dramatic at the same time. The physical and emotional effects of these over-the-top lines, such as "Your blood is gone, and the blood you do have remains, the blood you will have left." and "God, as he is" are compelling and tragic. I like these lines, because they are both intriguing and interesting. The speech by Medea is simply a mess. She acts like she doesn't understand what is happening. She seems to be lying to her husband and to her son. But of course she is telling the truth. And then she also tells her son, the son of Hermaeus Mora, that he will be leaving. And in the same breath she tells her husband, who still loves her, that she will be marrying him. I think that the film could have done a better job of showing that Medea has lost everything. Her husband was an absolute jerk, and she really doesn't know what to do with her life. She says she has no intention of ever telling her husband about the affair. But it is clear that she is not going to tell her husband what she knows. And then the son says that his father is really mad at him because of the affair. Medea does not have the slightest intention of telling her husband that she is not really mad at him. She then says that God is angry with her for having an affair with the King, and that he would like her to be a queen, if she will be a good wife. God has punished her, and the consequences of this, by sending her son away. Medea is obviously not a very happy woman. At this point in the film, it is hard to believe that Medea really believes that she is going to marry him. It is also hard to believe that the son of Hermaeus Mora really does love his father. But Medea does. The son sees that his father is mad, and he knows that he can't just run away. He is supposed to be an heir, and this is a great disaster. He knows that he can't just run away, and he has to come back. I like this scene, and I like this ending. It is very dramatic, and I like the way it is presented. However, it is also very heavy-handed. I don't think this was the movie's goal, because there are much better films that deal with the subject of adultery and family life. There are many scenes that are just too depressing. There are many moments that don't lead anywhere. There is one scene in particular that I found hard to watch. Medea says to her husband, "God, as he is, could never have done what he did." And Medea's son replies, "But I

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