Titus - (Import DVD)
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Marguerite, South Africa. 2 July 2015
This is another of director Julie Taymor's innovative interpretations of Shakespeare's plays (if you have not seen her version of THE TEMPEST, it is highly recommended). TITUS ANDRONICUS must surely be Shakespeare's most brutal & perverted drama, chronicling, as it does, an endless catalogue of violence of the most sordid kind. Anthony Hopkins portrays the title character, Titus, who, foolishly as it turns out, nominates his simpering, debauched co-tribune Saturninus(Alan Cumming)as Emperor of Rome. He also gives his daughter to Saturninus as his wife, although she is already promised to Saturninus's brother (James Frain). Naturally the disappointed lovers run away, so Saturninas takes as his wife the defeated Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Jessica Lange). From here on the plot becomes a complicated web of revenge & deceit, murder & mayhem, much of it filmed like a sci-fi movie with futuristic costumes by Oscar-nominated Milena Canonera and a marvellous music score by Elliot Goldenthal.
This is a decidely disturbing film which is not recommended for faint-hearted viewers.