In their final collaboration, the sparse textures and sombre tones of Shostakovich's late style color the score for Kozintsev's vision of King Lear - a striking interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale of the doomed king. Based on a translation by Boris Pasternak and featuring Yuri Yarvet in his internationally acclaimed performance of the title role.
(USSR, 1971, 140 min, DVD, in Russian with English subtitles)
Scored by Shostakovich, Directed by Kozintsev
No other major composer devoted more of his career to film music than Dmitri Shostakovich, whose collaboration with Russian director Gregori Kozintsev spanned thirty years and seven films. In conjunction with The Soviet Art Experience and the Department of Music’s concert “Shostakovich's Late Film Scores: The Gadfly, Hamlet and King Lear,” we celebrate the work of these two great artists.