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Three of Russia's legendary artists bring Shakespeare's greatest works to the screen. As directed by Grigori Kozintsev, scripted by Boris Pasternak (Dr. Zhivago), and scored by Dmitri Shostakovich, KING LEAR and HAMLET are masterpieces of the cinema. Grigori Kozintsev, a peer of Eisenstein's who worked well into the 1960s, was a master of cinematic technique who finally achieved recognition at the end of his career for his stunning versions of Shakespeare's best-known plays. His spare, haunting style is a perfect visual interpretation of Pasternak's stripped-down translations and Shostakovich's dark dramatic scores. The plays are performed in Russian.