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King Lear : the historic Omnibus production

Author: Peter BrookFred RickeyAndrew McCulloughOrson WellesNatasha ParryAll authors
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Distributed by E1 Entertainment, [2010]
Edition/Format:   DVD video   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Televised plays
Television adaptations
Fiction television programs
Tragedies
Drama
Named Person: Lear, King of England (Legendary character)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brook; Fred Rickey; Andrew McCullough; Orson Welles; Natasha Parry; Arnold Moss; Bramwell Fletcher; Margaret Phillips; David J Stewart; Alan Badel; Beatrice Straight; Alistair Cooke; Virgil Thomson; William Shakespeare; Ford Foundation. TV-Radio Workshop.; Robert Saudek Associates.; Archive of American Television.; E1 Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 1417232870 9781417232871
OCLC Number: 496023952
Language Note: English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Title from container ; statement or responsibility from film credits.
"Omnibus, volume 3."
Omnibus produced by Robert Saudek Associates.
Special featurs: Backstage preview of Omnibus: King Lear (10/11/53); Dr. Frank Baxter on The Globe Theatre (11/29/53); Alistair Cooke: live remote from the Yale Shakespeare Festival, including scenes from "The merry wives of Windsor" (2/21/54); Walter Kerr on staging Shakespeare, including scenes from "Hamlet" (1/30/55). Booklet with contributions by Peter Brook and Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow.
Credits: Staged by Peter Brook ; music, Virgil Thomson.
Cast: Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Arnold Moss, Bramwell Fletcher, Margaret Phillips, David J. Stewart, Alan Badel, Beatrice Straight.
Performer(s): Host, Alistair Cooke.
Event notes: Originally broadcast live on CBS Oct. 11, 1953, on the television program Omnibus.
Description: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 reference guide (15 p. : ports. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.
Other Titles: Archive of American Television presents
Orson Welles King Lear
Omnibus (Television program : 1952-1961)
Responsibility: The TV-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation ; Peter Brook's production [of the play] by William Shakespeare ; producer, Fred Rickey ; director, Andrew McCullough.

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King Lear of Britain has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, and to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. The king takes away her portion of the kingdom, despite the pleadings of some of his most loyal nobles. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude, and soon the old king finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.

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