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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.
Shakespeare Open University Recommended .
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 132 minutes
Production Year: 1969
Main Language: English