Full page view
HISTORY

Wid's credits director Ernest Warde with the scenario. Among the many other screen adaptations of Shakespeare's play are: the 1970 British-Danish-U.S. co-production King Lear , starring Paul Scofield and directed by Peter Brook; the 1970 Russian production Korol Lir , starring Yuri Yarvet and directed by Grigori Kozintsev; the 1983 British TV production King Lear , starring Sir Laurence Olivier and directed by Michael Elliott; and the 1985 Japanese film Ran , starring Tatsuya Nakadai and directed by Akira ... More Less

Wid's credits director Ernest Warde with the scenario. Among the many other screen adaptations of Shakespeare's play are: the 1970 British-Danish-U.S. co-production King Lear , starring Paul Scofield and directed by Peter Brook; the 1970 Russian production Korol Lir , starring Yuri Yarvet and directed by Grigori Kozintsev; the 1983 British TV production King Lear , starring Sir Laurence Olivier and directed by Michael Elliott; and the 1985 Japanese film Ran , starring Tatsuya Nakadai and directed by Akira Kurosawa. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Dec 16
p. 136.
Motog
23 Dec 16
p. 1395.
MPN
29 Jul 16
p. 851.
MPW
23 Dec 16
p. 1726, 1812, 1866
NYDM
16 Dec 16
p. 26.
Wid's
14 Dec 16
p. 1170.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 December 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Angered that his daughter Cordelia seems not to love him well enough, King Lear disinherits her, and gives up his kingdom to her two sisters, Regan and Goneril, under the stipulation that they provide for their father. With their fortunes assured, however, they quickly lose interest in Lear, and turn him out of their homes. Cordelia, meanwhile, has become Queen of France, and her husband begins a campaign against the British. The English troops defeat the French, however, and Cordelia is imprisoned and later hanged on the order of the unscrupulous Edmund. Then, realizing that only Cordelia had loved him sincerely, Lear dies of grief after her ... +


Angered that his daughter Cordelia seems not to love him well enough, King Lear disinherits her, and gives up his kingdom to her two sisters, Regan and Goneril, under the stipulation that they provide for their father. With their fortunes assured, however, they quickly lose interest in Lear, and turn him out of their homes. Cordelia, meanwhile, has become Queen of France, and her husband begins a campaign against the British. The English troops defeat the French, however, and Cordelia is imprisoned and later hanged on the order of the unscrupulous Edmund. Then, realizing that only Cordelia had loved him sincerely, Lear dies of grief after her execution. +

GENRE
Genre:


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.