Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the lost artwork of the human race. He finds strange goings-on at a resort enough to remind him of all the lines of the play, dealing with mob boss Don Learo and his daughter Cordelia, a strange professor named Jean Luc-Godard (sic), who repeatedly xeroxes his hand for no particular reason. He is followed by four humanoid goblins that keep tormenting Cordelia. There is also the gentleman whose girlfriend, Valerie, isn't always visible. Then the film is sent off to New York for Mr. Alien to edit.
- Damn Those Infernal SEAGULLS!!!!
I don't know where to begin.
I cannot contain my contempt for this film (if I dare call it a film). In my opinion this is the worst Shakespeare adaptation committed to any art form anywhere in history. And one of the most egotistical pieces of rubbish in the annals of film.
It has NO USE. You couldn't even use this if you were doing a thesis of King Lear at college because this is faeces. Not to mention that it has hardly anything to do with the play King Lear. It has no plot, no interesting characters or character study and hardly anything in the way of decent direction.
And it is not just the fact that it lacks so much, it is the fact that what it does have is so goddamn terrible. Quotes and sayings repeated endlessly, terrible seagull sound effects that 1) happen in scenes where there are no seagulls and even scenes when we are indoors 2) happen in scenes when there is other dialogue going on and 3) are so loud that your ears begin to bleed (well, nearly).
William Shakespeare (play)
Woody Allen ...
Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Freddy Buache Freddy Buache ...
Professor Quentin (uncredited)
Leos Carax Leos Carax ...
Julie Delpy Julie Delpy ...
Jean-Luc Godard Jean-Luc Godard ...
Professor Pluggy (uncredited)
Suzanne Lanza Suzanne Lanza ...
Kate Mailer Kate Mailer ...
Norman Mailer Norman Mailer ...
The Great Writer (uncredited)
Burgess Meredith Burgess Meredith ...
Don Learo (uncredited)
Michèle Pétin Michèle Pétin ...
Molly Ringwald Molly Ringwald ...
Peter Sellars Peter Sellars ...
William Shaksper Junior the Fifth (uncredited)
Release Date:3 April 2002 (France)
Also Known As:Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear
Filming Locations:Nyon, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland