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2/11/18 Episode 88: King Lear (1987)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch King Lear (1987), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

Jean-Luc Godard is still alive, still kicking, and has directed over 100 movies, shorts and documentaries. His best known films were shot during the Sixties and his most recent full-length movie, Goodbye to Language (2014), is considered one of the most poetic 3-D movies ever (I saw it in 2-D). So we can safely say Mr. Godard might had made lesser films in between Breathless (1960) and today.

One of his movies is so slight, that the story behind the movie is more interesting than the movie itself. Story goes the art house director and mainstream movie producers met at the Cannes Film Festival and signed a contract on a cocktail napkin to have Norman Mailer star and write a version of King Lear.

Co-host Carl believes Godard purposely made a bad movie when directing King Lear (1987). The film does come off as a fuck you to action genre producers Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan and to us, the audience. Godard onscreen even farts on one of his actors. Carl did a lot of research, so listen to the podcast to learn more back story. Plus, Carl and I perform Act 3, Scene 4 of the bard's classic tragedy, King Lear. Carl's Lear and I'm Poor Tom.

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