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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:

Grigoriy Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro (co-director)

Writers:

Grigoriy 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 ... Gloster (as K. Sebris)
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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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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Grigoriy 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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Assured and deeply moving treatment of Lear
5 April 2001 | by joseph_couchSee all my reviews

Even, relaxed performances. Tasteful, non-intrusive direction. No gimmicks. And finally a clear, even obvious! result.

This might seem like damning with faint praise, except that Kozintsev has done what Brook didn't, what Olivier's BBC production didn't, and what every stage production I have ever seen resolutely and spectacularly failed to do. That is to create order and clarity and meaning within arguably the greatest and arguably the most difficult play ever written. It seems easy to do in Kosintsev's version, which is one of his great triumphs. see it


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