Movies and TV

KING LEAR (1969) is a Soviet production filmed in Lithuania and making great use of the stark landscape as an aging king (and this is one of the oldest looking Lears I recall seeing) decides to parcel off his rulership among his doting daughters only to discover that having thankless children is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. Among the distinctive touches are the many peasants and beggars shown in some scenes (the hut on the storm-tossed moor is packed with them), the Fool living and Edmund’s reaction to Lear and Cordelia’s affection after he’s captured them (his decision to kill her is prompted by finding such familial devotion more repellent than vampires find sunlight). “How is it that a rat, a dog, a horse can have life and you no breath at all?”

The first season of the mid-1970s series WODEHOUSE PLAYHOUSE stars John Alderton and Pauline Collins in various roles from Wodehouse short stories (PG Wodehouse himself appears to introduce each segment) as two crossword experts struggle to express their love, a golfer refuses to believe a fellow golfer could fall for a poet and two poets struggle against The Unpleasantness at Bludleight Court (easily the funniest episode). Amusing enough, but nowhere as entertaining as Hugh Laurie and Stephen Frye in Jeeves and Wooster a couple of decades later.

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  1. Pingback: A snowbound airport, a foolish king, a funny lady: movies and TV | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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