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Old 01-29-2014, 07:17 PM
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Kevin Yeoman has reviewed 'Titus.' Check it out.

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Nice review - a little wordy, but Kevin definitely gets the movie.

I'm disappointed by the picture quality, but this is one of my favorite movies and I'm glad to have it on Blu.
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Bummer to hear about the PQ. Love this film.

PS...an interesting tidbit learned when I was doing my semester abroad in London. Apparently, the original productions of TITUS ANDRONICUS were similar to Taymor's adaptation, in the sense that they used costumes that weren't faithfully Roman. They were, supposedly, a mix of "period" (Roman) and "contemporary" (Elizabethan). I can't remember -- it's been a long, long time -- but this may have influenced Taymor's vision, giving her the idea to make something that's a mashup of eras.
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PS...an interesting tidbit learned when I was doing my semester abroad in London. Apparently, the original productions of TITUS ANDRONICUS were similar to Taymor's adaptation, in the sense that they used costumes that weren't faithfully Roman. They were, supposedly, a mix of "period" (Roman) and "contemporary" (Elizabethan). I can't remember -- it's been a long, long time -- but this may have influenced Taymor's vision, giving her the idea to make something that's a mashup of eras.
I'm sure she also saw Branagh's Hamlet, that Richard III movie with Ian McKellan, and other adaptations that played with the time period.
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I'm sure she also saw Branagh's Hamlet, that Richard III movie with Ian McKellan, and other adaptations that played with the time period.
Well, yes, of course she was familiar with a century of filmed Shakespeare adaptations. My point wasn't that Shakespeare plays/films have a history of being set in time periods OTHER than A) the story's time period or B) or era in which the original play were performed...

But in addition to whatever influences she may, or may not have had, T.A. is interesting in a historical sense because its original productions over 400 years ago were already time period mashups... which makes this movie version oddly faithful, mixing costumes and props and iconography from both Roman times and a few 20th Century decades.

My point, specifically, is not about CHANGING time periods (as done in the productions HAMLET & RICHARD III you cited), but MIXING them. That's all. It might have had no bearing on this adaptation. I just thought Kevin and a few of our readers might find it interesting.
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Ah, got it. Interesting. I didn't realize that about the original productions of Titus Andronicus.

I guess the question is whether Taymor was aware of this, and that was her intention, or whether she was simply mimicking other Shakespeare film adaptations. I would normally give her the benefit of the doubt, but considering the Spider-Man fiasco, I'm not so sure she's really the aueteur people believed her to be.
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I guess the question is whether Taymor was aware of this, and that was her intention, or whether she was simply mimicking other Shakespeare film adaptations. I would normally give her the benefit of the doubt, but considering the Spider-Man fiasco, I'm not so sure she's really the aueteur people believed her to be.
Taymor directed an Off-Broadway production of Titus Andronicus in 1994. This film, although released 5-6 years later, is an extension of that interpretation--the mix of classic and "modern" style included. Although it was her first on film, Titus was her third Shakespeare adaptation on stage.

I'm sure she knew the history.
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When the BBC did all of Shakespeare's plays back in the late 70's/early 80's they started out doing the plays in their historical period. So, you'd see Julius Caesar in 100% Roman garb. When Jonathan Miller took over production, the series reverted to the style to which Palmer is referring. So, you'd see plays like Troilus and Cressida and Antony and Cleopatra primarily in Elizabethan garb with some authentic period accents like helmets, swords, etc. King Lear is often set in a somewhat primitive time, but the Miller version featured the starched collars of Elizabethan times. Often the productions were based on paintings of the time which also mixed up historical/contemporary fashions.

I would think Taymor, with her stage experience probably knew she was more or less following suit with her hodge-podge of styles in Titus.
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I was just being a smartass. I like her adaptation of Titus. Though, I went into the film having no idea that it was 3 hours long. My bladder was fit to burst about 2 hours in, but I kept thinking, "This is probably only a few more minutes, right? I can hold it."
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