Korol Lir (1971) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Directed by Grigori Kozintsev. Starring Jüri Järvet, Valentina Shendrikova, Elza Radzina, and Galina Volchek. Russian with English subtitles. Black and white. 140 minutes.

Korol Lir was shot mostly during 1970 and released in 1971. It turned out to be Kozintsev’s last film. The screenplay is based on a translation of King Lear into modern Russian by Boris Pasternak from 1919. (The English subtitles on both DVD versions are, however, derived from the original Shakespearean script.) The score was composed especially for the film by Dimitri Shostakovich.

The film is set in a pre-modern Russia with sets and costumes eclectically evocative of the …

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Citation: Vyroubalova, Ema. "Korol Lir (1971) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19369, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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