King Lear (1910)

Fascinating short film adapting King Lear. The hand-tinted colouring is striking, otherworldly, the quality of the transfer and the level the performances are pitched at, the tight constraint of the frame, all coming together to make a dreamlike, fairytale-esque take on the tragedy. The story is extremely condensed but the performances do an admirable job…

King Lear (1606) by William Shakespeare

A timeless tale of renunciation and insanity. How mad is it for a play to muse over the powerlessness and ineffectiveness of language? But that’s how King Lear begins, with Cordelia’s refusal to bandy about words for the sake of it (”Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave / my heart into my mouth”), for…