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Re: Titus Andronicus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1312  Thursday, 17 December 1998.

[1]     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 10:57:54 CST6CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

[2]     From:   Alberto Cacicedo <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 12:16:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

[3]     From:   Sally Schutz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 09:23:58 PST
        Subj:   Anthony Hopkins

[4]     From:   James P. Lusardi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 13:12:26 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

[5]     From:   Mike Sirofchuck <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 11:59:53 -0900
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

[6]     From:   Belinda Johnston <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Dec 1998 12:38:44 +1100 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

[7]     From:   Eric W Beato <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 22:09:52 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus


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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 10:57:54 CST6CDT
Subject: 9.1307  Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

Julie Taymor originally directed Titus on stage; she's the one directing
the film. As someone who was involved with a production this spring, I
can only say that the text has a great deal to offer the perceptive
reader/director/actor. I'm looking forward to the film; I might have
preferred to see Anthony Hopkins as King Lear in his final film, but I'm
sure his Titus will be compelling.

Chris Gordon

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From:           Alberto Cacicedo <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 12:16:12 -0500
Subject: 9.1307  Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

 Jason N. Mical asks about _Titus_

>why someone would go through the trouble of filming such a bawd of a
>play, especially with
>someone as good as Anthony Hopkins in the lead?

I know nothing about Anthony Hopkins, but can say that Titus gave me one
of the most powerful theater-going experiences I've ever had, in the RSC
production of 1987, which I saw in The Pit at the Barbican.

In mid-term-paer grading,
Al Cacicedo

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From:           Sally Schutz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 09:23:58 PST
Subject:        Anthony Hopkins

I read an article sent to me through another mailing list on Anthony
Hopkins bitter retirement. I will post it here, for those interested.
When I read this, as young actress/aspiring director, it really tore me
to pieces. It put tears in my eyes to see such a brilliant actor exhibit
such disillusionment and animosity towards something I have decided to
devote my life to. It makes me wonder if someday, I too, will find
bitterness and quit my art form in order to salvage what is left of
myself.

LONDON - Welsh film star Anthony Hopkins says he will quit acting
because he finds it "very bad for one's mental health."

Hopkins, 60, said in an interview that after 35 years in the business he
finds it "tiresome, disturbing and deeply distasteful."

He spoke from Italy, during work on his last film, "Titus Andronicus",
based on a Shakespeare play.

"I'll be back and forth until January to finish my film and then it's
all over," Hopkins said, adding he's explained all to his wife and
agent.

"I want to do something else with my life. I don't want to keep hanging
around doing stupid things like acting," he said.

After winning an Oscar for best actor in 1992 for "The Silence of the
Lambs," Hopkins summed up his career, saying, "I've done one or two good
films and some bad films."

"It was a complete waste of time," he added.  "I'm very grateful to the
business, they've paid me well but I've got enough... money to live for
the rest of my life."

Hopkins acknowledged. "I'm interested in music, I write and I like Los
Angeles and I'm just going to drop out," he said.

Hopkins revealed that he had "been in deep depression over acting and
tried to cover it up."
"I've been in turmoil pretending everything was okay," he admitted.

"I've got to get out because I think acting is very bad for one's mental
health," Hopkins said.

"My joke has always been, 'It sure beats working for a living' but the
joke has caught up with me now," he concluded.

I just don't understand. But I guess no one but Sir Hopkins himself
does. And the rest of the world must simply stand by with our mouths
gaping open.        -Sally Schutz

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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 13:12:26 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 9.1307  Titus Andronicus
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

Dear Jason M.:

In fact, Titus has proved eminently stageworthy.  Deborah Warner's 1987
RSC production and Julie Taymore's 1994 Theatre for a New Audience
production in New York offered me two of the best evenings I've had in
the theatre.  Jane Howell's version for the BBC series is also quite
good.
 Taymore will be doing the projected film version with Hopkins.
According to what I've heard, when Taymore contracted with Disney to do
The Lion King on B'way, she made the Titus project part of the package.
Hoo-ray for her.

Yours--Jim Lusardi, Shakespeare Bulletin

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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 11:59:53 -0900
Subject: 9.1307  Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

>I read in Monday morning's "USA Today" that actor Anthony Hopkins is
>ceasing his acting career after filming Titus Andronicus.  Has anyone
>heard anything in relation to this project, and why someone would go
>through the trouble of filming such a bawd of a play, especially with
>someone as good as Anthony Hopkins in the lead?

I recently read a description of Titus Andronicus by Norrie Epstein
stating that it was a "violent and offensive play" and "[it] shows the
writer as a practical man of the theatre whose instincts tell him
exactly what his audience craves-and who gives it to them in spades" I
believe that sufficiently explains its attraction to Hollywood.  Now, if
they can just get Brad Pitt to sign on.......

Mike Sirofchuck
Kodiak High SChool

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Date:           Thursday, 17 Dec 1998 12:38:44 +1100 (EST)
Subject: 9.1307  Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

I have heard nothing of the project but I look forward to seeing it!
Have we not yet got beyond the tiresome vilifications of this fabulously
excessive play?

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From:           Eric W Beato <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 22:09:52 -0500
Subject: Titus Andronicus
Comment:        SHK 9.1307  Titus Andronicus

>I read in Monday morning's "USA Today" that actor Anthony Hopkins is
>ceasing his acting career after filming Titus Andronicus.  Has anyone
>heard anything in relation to this project, and why someone would go
>through the trouble of filming such a bawd of a play, especially with
>someone as good as Anthony Hopkins in the lead?

Actually, we here in Chicago have been able to see this work on stage
twice in the past decade.  In both cases, I took serious high school
students to see the work and was impressed by the power and
effectiveness of what is often considered a less-than-impressive text.
Live, it is a work revealing the intense angers, rages and desires that
lead to incredible cruelty and violence.  When the Organic staged the
work in the late 1980s, the work featured modern dress.  Titus was clad
in US Marine fatigues.  Within weeks of seeing this version, I saw a
photograph of a key scene in the Vietnam war film PLATOON.  The striking
resemblance was something I remember a decade later.

In both cases, serious students of theatre became wrapped up the
politics and the intrigue of this work.  I can't wait to see Hopkins'
version.

Rick Beato
Lisle Senior High School

PS:  My first thought upon hearing the rumor of Hopkins' retirement was
that this role might have worn him out.  Here's hoping he will recover
and reconsider the retirement.
 

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