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Free Screening - Introduction by Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore
Saturday May 4 at 1:30pm

King Lear (Korol Lir)

Directed by Grigori Kozintsev. With Jürl Järvet, Elza Radzina, Valentina Shendrikova
USSR 1969, 35mm, b/w, 139 min. Russian with English subtitles

Widely considered to be one of the greatest cinematic adapatations of the Bard, Korol Lir was Kozinstev's final film and a successor to his acclaimed Hamlet from 1964.

A stark, expressionistic version of this great family tragedy, it stars Jüri Järvet in one of his most dynamic performances in the title role. His agonizing Lear is the aging monarch who betrays his most loyal daughter, Cordelia. The film was based on the celebrated Boris Pasternak Russian translation of the English Shakespeare and features a masterfully moody score by the legendary Dmitri Shostakovich.

Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore, a local Cambridge/Boston presence and professor of film studies - among many other subjects - at several New England colleges, will introduce the screening. Also an actress specializing in Shakespeare and most recently the author of Kozintsev and Shakespeare:The Legacy of Russian Political Protest in Two Film Adaptations, Moore will moderate a brief post-film discussion. Please join us in revisiting this rarely-screened masterwork from Brezhnev-era Soviet cinema.

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