|Format||Import, PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Valentina Shendrikova, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Grigori Kozintsev, Galina Volchek, Regimantas Adomaitis, Karlis Sebris, Leonhard Merzin, Elza Radzina, Jri J舐vet, Oleg Dal, Iosif Shapiro, Aleksandr Vokach See more|
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : Russian
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 79.66 Grams
- Item Model Number : 0711969116991
- Director : Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro
- Media Format : Import, Subtitled, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 132 minutes
- Actors : Jri J舐vet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek, Valentina Shendrikova, Oleg Dal
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Mr Bongo
- ASIN : B005FXO5Q2
- Number of discs : 1
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Russian ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: King Lear of England (Jri J舐vet) retires from his throne of power. His decision to divide his kingdom among his elder daughters, over the warnings of his youngest Cordelia (Valentina Shendrikova), sparks off a chain of events that engulfs the entire countryside. Lear's final days are marked by dissension, internecine conflict and terrible violence. Humiliated and banished by his daughters, the King wanders the countryside like a beggar, accompanied by his Fool and a few faithful servants. Driven mad by despair, Lear's megalomania consumes him to the point of blindness. One of William Shakespeare's darkest works, King Lear receives vivid expression in this esteemed Russian rendition. The film's use of widescreen and its stark black-and-white cinematography provide an expansive cinematic dimension to the tragedy. Working with a translation from Nobel Laureate Boris Pasternak, Grigori Kozintsev in the final film of his career, fashions a fitting twilight work; achieving in this harsh tale of mortality and power, a tranquility in form and assurance of vision. ...King Lear (1971) ( Korol Lir )
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I appreciate this is not for anyone. It's in Russian, obviously (- why does King Lear sound like it should have been written in Russian?!), with subtitles. I was brought up in the Far East and have NO background in English literature ... at all, I had to read the play several times, with commentary, to get a sense of it. I've done that with the other great Shakespeare tragedies as well, but found King Lear the most compelling. Then, having watched the Peter Brook film adaptation (Paul Scofield as King Lear), which is very good, I was keen to compare this with other versions. I certainly didn't expect an adaptation from Brezhnev's Soviet Union to surpass it ..., but that it did. And discovering that the haunting, minimalistic score was composed by none other than Dmitri Shostakovich, was like an epiphany.
- To think that this had been quietly waiting all these years .... to think how easily I could have missed it! Stumbling across it was serendipity itself. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2019
Kozintsev's movie has an amazing and impressive opening sequence. And there are more amazing scenes later on, such as the progress of the king in line and his retinue across the flat sands. Castle walls are massive, enveloped in smoke and mist. Meanwhile, the medieval halls are lofty but sparsely furnished, and the landscapes are desolate, with leafless trees where there are any trees at all.
Lear himself is played by veteran Estonian actor Juri Jarvet, who has that something in his eyes that remind you of Klaus Kinski or Nicol Williamson. (Jarvet would play in the following year the part of the disturbed doctor in Tarkovsky's `Solaris'.) My one regret is that in this interpretation there is a lack of defiance - or, alternatively, of grave upset - when Lear is finally brought low prior to the onset of his overt madness at the end of act two. Instead, he bares the gait of a naïf. This works in its own way, but there was, I feel, an opportunity lost here. All the same, I particularly enjoyed the conceit of Lear's fool being seemingly played by an adolescent boy.
This is not a complete performance of Lear, of course, but the expurgations are small. The subtitles follow the standard English text of `The Tragedy of King Lear', but there is the odd (and sometimes unintentionally humorous) misspelling.
A word about the quality of the print on this DVD (released by a company called `Mr Bongo'): the print is not brilliant, as if sometimes there are the odd frame missing. This can be annoying when you are hanging on to every word of the subtitles, but please do not let this put you off purchasing what is a powerful performance. Everyone who loves the play ought to have this screen version in their collection, and the film is ably assisted by an atmospheric score by Shostakovich, his style here being reminiscent of that for his tenth symphony.
Alas, my DVD comes with no extras.