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King Lear

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Original title
Korol Lir
Year
Running time
132 min.
Country
Soviet Union  (USSR) Soviet Union (USSR)
Director
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Screenwriter
Grigori Kozintsev, Boris Pasternak (Novel: William Shakespeare)
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Cinematography
Jonas Gritsius (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Lenfilm Studio
Genre
Drama
Movie Groups
Shakespeare: King Lear
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Synopsis / Plot
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: All Movie Guide)
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