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April 15, 2008


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Excellent blog. I saw Scofield as Lear in the movie in 1971 when I was studying at Cambridge. I went to see it at the Arts Cinema with my Clare College don, John Newton, if memory serves, and we were so moved that we walked back afterward to the college speechless except for the sound of our footsteps on the cobblestones.
-- DL

You dined with Philip Bosco. Am I crazy or did I see him play Claudius in a Stratford, Connecticut, production of "Hamlet" back in 1964 or possibly '65 when my whole Stuyvesant High School class went on a field trip accompanied by selected mothers (mine included)?

I loved Scofield as Van Doren. Thanks for mentioning the film of his Lear. I'll check it out.

Thanks, Noah! Best, DY

You should listen to the Lears of Alec Guinness and John Gielgud. Recordings are available from BBC Radio. At least they were. I have them on audio cassette. I'm not saying that Scofield isn't great. I'm just not sure that his Lear is necessarily the best.

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