King Lear of England (Jüri Järvet) 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 terribleviolence. 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.
Cast & Credits:
Jüri Järvet / Elza Radzina / Galina Volchek / Valentina Shendrikova / Oleg Dal / Karlis Sebris / Leonhard Merzin / Directed by Grigori Kozintsev
- Chicago International Film Festival (1973), Nominated, Gold Hugo, Best Feature
- Chicago International Film Festival (1972), Nominated, Gold Hugo, Best Feature
1971 / 139 minutes / Russian with English subtitles / Mono audio / 2.35 : 1 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD040