King Lear / Korol Lir / Король Лир (1970) DVD9
This is a screen adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy. King Lear had three daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. One day he banished and repudiated his youngest and most loved daughter. But the evil elder sisters betrayed their father and blinded him. Having lost not only his kingdom, but even a plain shelter, the old Lear, accompanied by his loyal jester, had finally seen the light of truth and was reunited with Cordelia who was not afraid to share her father's fate...

Grigori Kozintsev (1905-1973) was a prominent figure in Soviet cinema from his late teens until his death, making ambitious political films until after the second world war when he turned to literary adaptations, concluding with his classic versions of Hamlet and King Lear.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:11:40 | 7.11 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro
Cast: Juri Jarvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek, Oleg Dal, Regimantas Adomaitis, Donatas Banionis, Aleksey Petrenko, Juozas Budraitis
Country: Soviet Union

"Peter Sellars on Grigori Kozintsev": there's about an hour's worth of interviews with Peter Sellars, a film, theater, and opera director who sat down in 2006 to give his thoughts on this version of King Lear.

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