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Hailed as one of the best adaptations of this Shakespearean tragedy, Grigori Kozintsevís King Lear is a striking, epic interpretation based on a translation by novelist Boris Pasternak and driven by a stirring score by composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Kozintsev transposed the setting to a sparse landscape of moors and marshes, which provides an eerie backdrop to the bare castles and roaming bands of ragged, destitute wanderers. Thin, frail Yuri Yarvetís unique interpretation of the title role, in which he focuses on the kingís suffering and pain, was internationally acclaimed. Kozintsev, a peer of Eisensteinís who worked well into the 1960s, was a master of cinematic technique who finally achieved recognition at the end of his career for his stunning interpretations of Shakespeare. "It will stand as one of the unshakable edifices of Shakespearean imagination" (New Yorker). In Russian with English subtitles.

Grigori Kozintsev---USSR---1971---140 mins.
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