Grigori Kozintsev’s black and white King Lear is set in a stark landscape of windswept moors and marshes, bare castles and wandering beggars.

Kozintsev, a master Russian director, assembled a cast of great actors for this Shakespearean project. Lear is played by the thin, tall, jauntlooking Estonian actor Jüri Järvet who fully conveys Lear’s power and his growing madness and despair. The well-known Shostakovich score underpins the drama of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.