Saturday, August 2, 2014

Coriolanus - R. Fiennes 2011

Fiennes both directs and stars as the banished war hero in this adaptation set in some present-day, post-war Rome.

The historical plays are my least favourite Shakespeares, and this one is no exception to the rule.
Globally OK - A positive point is that the scriptwriter has not given in to the temptation of squeezing in as many iambic pentameters as possible, but has made extensive cuts (most Shakespeare-plays are 2,5 - 3 hours long) to allow for extended silences and images to prevail.

Moreover, it is good to be reminded every now and then that these texts - for all the pleasure I do take in reading them - are meant to be acted out and watched.
Somehow, they take on their full meaning on stage.

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