King Lear [DVD] [1970]

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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


Korol Lir
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. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jüri Järvet
    Jüri Järvet - King Lear
  • Image coming soon
    Elza Radzina
  • Galina Volchek
    Galina Volchek
  • Valentina Shendrikova
    Valentina Shendrikova - Cordelia
  • Oleg Dal
    Oleg Dal - Fool
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