In Kozintsev’s stunning Shakespeare adaptation, a lifetime of theatrical and cinematic mastery are brought to bear on one of the Bard’s most brutal tragedies. Estonian veteran Jüri Järvet is a compelling presence as the English monarch who brings personal and political ruin upon his head through his hubristic folly. Bleakly funny, eerily prophetic, and ultimately deeply moving, this is a fitting swan song from one of Soviet film’s most under-appreciated figures.
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