The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1046 Wednesday, 12 May 2004
From: Kajsa Erickson <
Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2004 14:19:44 -0400
Subject: Cinematheque Ontario presents KING LEAR (USSR, 1970) Wed. June
Cinematheque Ontario presents...
KING LEAR (KOROL LIR)
Director: Grigori Kozintsev
USSR 1970 140 minutes
Cast: Yuri Jarvet, Elsa Radzinya
"It will stand as one of the unshakable edifices of Shakespearean
imagination. That it was made in the Soviet Union . . . only gives it
another dimension" (Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker). Like all Soviet
studios, Lenfilm made its share of adaptations of classic world
literature, but HAMLET and KING LEAR, both directed by Grigori
Kozintsev, are among the greatest film versions of Shakespeare. One
critic has written that "of all Shakespeare's tragedies, King Lear is
perhaps the best suited to Russian adaptation, being the longest,
wildest, starkest, and most replete with pain and suffering at all
levels." Yet while Kozintsev surely plumbs the depths of Shakespeare's
despair, he has nonetheless fashioned a brilliant film that is never
less than exhilarating. Using Boris Pasternak's translation, Kozintsev
captures both the chaos of battle and the deepening madness of the king.
As Lear loses command over his land, his daughters, and finally himself,
the tragedy moves inexorably to its shattering climax. With a superb
score by Shostakovich.
Wednesday, June 16, 8:00 p.m.
All public Cinematheque Ontario screenings are held at the Art Gallery
of Ontario's Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. West (McCaul Street entrance),
Toronto. Regular tickets are $6.00 for Members; $5.50 for Student
Members and Seniors; and $10.10 for Non-Members. Tickets are on sale
Wednesday May 19; non-members can purchase tickets three days in advance
of a screening. All screenings are restricted to individuals 18 years of
age or older, unless otherwise noted. For ticket information, call the
Bell Infoline at 416-968-FILM or visit the Official website:
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