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on 25 January 2016
What a revelation! The vision, the emotional depth, the sense of menace - this is like nothing else I've ever seen in a Shakespeare adaptation. The quiet tenderness & strength of Cordelia (more acted than stated), who re-appears near the end, in a world incapable of accommodating her goodness - that, for me, is one of the greatest moments in film. Yuri Yarvet's perfomance is mesmerising .... and, I think, most true to the pathos of the original.
I appreciate this is not for anyone. It's in Russian, obviously (- why does King Lear sound like it should have been written in Russian?!), with subtitles. I was brought up in the Far East and have NO background in English literature ... at all, I had to read the play several times, with commentary, to get a sense of it. I've done that with the other great Shakespeare tragedies as well, but found King Lear the most compelling. Then, having watched the Peter Brook film adaptation (Paul Scofield as King Lear), which is very good, I was keen to compare this with other versions. I certainly didn't expect an adaptation from Brezhnev's Soviet Union to surpass it ..., but that it did. And discovering that the haunting, minimalistic score was composed by none other than Dmitri Shostakovich, was like an epiphany.
- To think that this had been quietly waiting all these years .... to think how easily I could have missed it! Stumbling across it was serendipity itself. Highly recommended.