In March 1948, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that:
Alfred Hitchcock hopes to produce "King Lear" in England, with Orson Welles in the lead. "Hitch" leaves for England early next month to produce "Under Capricorn," starring Ingrid Bergman.
Welles had just filmed Macbeth and would later be highly dismissive of both Hitchcock and of Rear Window (1954):
I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies ... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows ... I saw one of the worst movies I've ever seen the other night ... Complete insensitivity to what a story about voyeurism could be. I'll tell you what is astonishing. To discover that Jimmy Stewart can be a bad actor ... Even Grace Kelly is better than Jimmy, who's overacting.
Welles eventually played the role of Lear in a 1953 television production for the Columbia Broadcasting System.
Notes & References
- ↑ Yorkshire Evening Post (27/Mar/1948) - Star Dust
- ↑ Internet Movie Database.