Celebrating Shakespeare series
Shakespeare is celebrated in film adaptations that attracted the greatest contemporary composers of the day.
Kozintsev's gripping version of King Lear provides unforgettable scenes from the grand entrance of Lear to divide his kingdom, to the final muddy battlefield. As Kozintsev wrote, “In Shostakovich's music I can hear a ferocious hatred of cruelty, the cult of power and the oppression of justice ... a fearless goodness which has a threatening quality.”
Peter Hinds, Associate Professor of English at Plymouth University will give a short pre-screening introduction to each film in this series. The introductory talk will consider how the film handles the sensitive subject of political power and the world of poverty and peasants in Brezhnev’s Soviet Union.
Cast: Yuri Yarvet, Elsa Radzina, Galina Volchek
Russian translation by Boris Pasternak
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Date/time: Monday 9 May 2016, 19:00
Running time: 139 mins + introductory talk
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6.60, concessions £4.50, Peninsula Arts Friends free. Ticket discounts available via Artory App.