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The Substance of Fire

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The Substance of Fire

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Tony Goldwyn, Timothy Hutton, Lee Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ron Rifkin
director:
Daniel Sullivan

We gave it a C-

King Lear comes to Manhattan. In director Daniel Sullivan’s adaptation of Jon Robin Baitz’s play, The Substance of Fire, a widowed publisher (Ron Rifkin) has a passion for truth that stems from hiding from Nazis in a book-filled attic. But his house is crumbling; history doesn’t sell. His kids peg Pop to publish lucrative pulp; the kingdom falls apart. Rifkin’s descent into madness is Shakespearean in scope, but the rest (except Sarah Jessica Parker) are precious. Fire? Duraflame. C-

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