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Korol Lir
     

Korol Lir

Director: Grigori Kozintsev, Jüri Järvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek

Cast: Grigori Kozintsev, Jüri Järvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek

 
This is a Russian, black-and-white production of the great Shakespearean classic, starring Juri Jarvet. Long-considered one of the greatest and most wrenching tragedies in world literature, King Lear shows that great force of character is not necessarily wise, rude speech is not necessarily unkind, and madness is in some cases a perfectly reasonable response to

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This is a Russian, black-and-white production of the great Shakespearean classic, starring Juri Jarvet. Long-considered one of the greatest and most wrenching tragedies in world literature, King Lear shows that great force of character is not necessarily wise, rude speech is not necessarily unkind, and madness is in some cases a perfectly reasonable response to intolerable conditions. This film's low-key, dark imagery is a fitting match for the dark content of the play itself.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's tragedy in Korol Lir, Grigori Kozintev's version of King Lear, but it's more than the tragedy of a once-wise King whose vanity causes him to make a personally disastrous decision. In Lir, the tragedy is greater, as it implies that Lear's foolishness is bringing destruction not just to him but to an entire region, perhaps an entire people. This can all be found in the Shakespeare play, but Kozintev brings it closer to the surface; suddenly, the irresponsibility of the title character carries more weight, as one sees the destruction that it brings from a "macro" rather than a "micro" point of view. The director brilliantly sets this up at the beginning; before a word is spoken, we see hundreds of peasants moving through a stark landscape, seemingly at random at first. Gradually, however, it becomes clear that these peasants are all traveling to the same point, to stand outside the great walls of the castle in order to hear a proclamation that will have profound significance for them, even though they are outsiders who do not have a direct personal connection to the events. Kozintov also makes great use of Nature in Lir, as if even these mighty forces must be brought into contact with human foibles and follies and play a role. The director is helped enormously by the startling, vivid performance of Juri Jarvet as Lear, as well as expert help from Oleg Dal and Valentina Shendrikova.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
UPC:
0736899090524
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Facets
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

"Peter Sellars on King Lear," an onscreen introduction by Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz; Grigori Kozintsev's King Lear, a Facets Cine-Notes booklet; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King Lear
1. Opening Credits [1:50]
2. Division of the Kingdom [22:06]
3. Trouble Brews [18:02]
4. Edgar Flees, Lear Leaves [11:51]
5. Regan & Edmund Plot [12:57]
6. Shelter From the Storm [12:28]
7. Blinding of Gloucester [12:51]
8. Cordelia Finds Lear [10:18]
9. Lear & Cordelia Caught [5:37]
10. Duel & Deaths [10:30]

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