By Denise Lanctot
Updated July 18, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Substance of Fire

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  • Movie

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-

The Substance of Fire

type
  • Movie
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director
  • Daniel Sullivan

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