Putting aside the question of whether Shakespeare's "King Lear" is adaptable, this film is a superbly acted, exceptionally photographed, emotional powerhouse. Scofield's performance as the king is gripping. He offers his kingdom to his three daughters, Worth, Engel, and Gabold. Worth and
Engel deceive him with their affection, but Gabold refuses to take part in their insincerity. She is promptly spurned by Scofield, but he soon realizes what has really transpired. A battle ensues between the two factions of the family, and, in the end, the daughters are all are killed, and
Scofield's heart gives way. Surprisingly, this is the first sound film version of KING LEAR, ...