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King Lear (1971)

Korol Lir (original title)
PG | | Drama | 6 August 1975 (USA)
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Directors:

Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro (co-director)

Writers:

Grigori Kozintsev, Boris Pasternak (Russian translation, 1949) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jüri Järvet ... King Lear (as Yuri Yarvet)
Elza Radzina ... Goneril (as E. Radzina)
Galina Volchek ... Regan (as G. Volchek)
Valentina Shendrikova ... Cordelia (as V. Shendrikova)
Oleg Dal ... Fool (as O. Dal)
Karlis Sebris Karlis Sebris ... Gloster (as K. Sebris)
Leonhard Merzin Leonhard Merzin ... Edgar (as L. Merzin)
Regimantas Adomaitis ... Edmund (as R. Adomaytis)
Vladimir Yemelyanov ... Kent (as V. Yemelyanov)
Aleksandr Vokach ... Cornwall (as A. Vokach)
Donatas Banionis ... Albany (as D. Banionis)
Aleksey Petrenko ... Oswald (as A. Petrenko)
Juozas Budraitis ... King of France (as I. Budraytis)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roman Gromadskiy ... (as R. Gromadsky)
Nikolay Kuzmin ... (as N. Kuzmin)
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Storyline

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

6 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Lear See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Grigori Kozintsev made this version of the play at the same time that Peter Brook was filming King Lear (1971), and the two directors corresponded with each other throughout shooting. See more »

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English to written Russian to spoken EstoRussian to English subtitles
31 March 2012 | by krp2003See all my reviews

I agree with most of the prior reviewers (save the one who doesn't seem to understand cinema), and was especially struck by the art direction and cinematography. The B/W palette fit perfectly in both the castle and in the desolate moors, as Lear wandered mad with his fool. The acting was superb. However, I was completely flummoxed listening to it. I studied Russian for 3.5 years in school and on a high school summer trip to the USSR. Sadly I have forgotten most of it. However, the viewing I saw in 2009 certainly brought a lot of back in a strange way. I had read parts of Pasternak's Russian translation, and he did a wonderful job capturing the iambic pentameter, puns, and subtleties of Elizabethan English. However, the film, as others pointed out, used Estonian or Latvian actors whose Russian was so bad that much had to be looped after the filming by Russian speakers. Consequently, a long and flowery phrase in the Pasternak translation-- dutifully subtitled back into English-- is truncated. E.g., "Mend your speech a little, Lest it may mar your fortunes" is translated well in subtitles, but what is spoken is "govoreet prosto" ("speak simply"). I tried to read the subtitles instead of listen to the Russian, but came out of the theater pretty confused!


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