The Sovereigns Next Door
In The Lion in Winter, King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) compares himself to an earlier British monarch. King Lear, he says, was also eroded by age, and by the duty of parceling his domain among ungrateful heirs. But there the re semblance ends. Henry is not Lear; and Henry's princes are not Lear's daughters.
More important, Scriptwriter James Goldman is not William Shakespeare.
Goldman, who adapted the screenplay from his 1966 Broadway drama, can hardly be blamed for that, but he does not even seem to know who the...