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Re: Titus: The Movie
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0904  Sunday, 27 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Roy Flannagan <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Sep 1998 17:02:31 -0400
        Subj:   Titus in Rome

[2]     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Sep 1998 16:08:04 CST6CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0897  Titus

[3]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Sep 1998 18:15:52 -0400
        Subj:   Titus

[4]     From:   William Kemp <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Sep 1998 12:47:23 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0897  Re: Titus in Rome


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From:           Roy Flannagan <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Sep 1998 17:02:31 -0400
Subject:        Titus in Rome

Yes, indeed, <italic>Titus Andronicus</italic> is being filmed, or
perhaps is being filmed in Italy, directed by Julie Taymor of
<italic>Lion King</italic> costuming and staging fame, who sees the play
as Shakespeare's <italic>Pulp Fiction.</italic>  Anthony Hopkins is
slated to play Titus, and Jessica Lange, Kristin Scott Thomas, and John
Tinturro were rumored to be interested in the production, or some of
them are in it already.  The last rumor circulating on the Web is that
it is now shooting in Rome.

And, while we are on the subject, what is the current critical take on
the play?  The 1985 BBC videotaped production works very well with this
generation of students.  It does not play up the violence, but when the
bloody stumps and chicken bones finally appear, stomachs are upset even
in the <italic>Scream II</italic> generation.

The play, however, was recently dismissed in a book-length study of
Shakespeare's Roman plays as not really historical and therefore not
really Roman.  Is the play more mythical or fairy-tale-ish than Roman?
Or is it just Senecan rather than historical?  Or is it true to the
spirit of Shakespeare's other Roman plays?

Does anyone know Julie Taymor's Roman e-mail address?  Perhaps the list
could give her a few tips?

Roy Flannagan

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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Sep 1998 16:08:04 CST6CDT
Subject: 9.0897  Titus
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0897  Titus

Karen Coley asked about a film of _Titus Andronicus_: the film will be
directed by Julie Taymor (of Broadway's _The Lion King_, among other
significant theatrical productions; the latest issue of _American
Theatre_ has a profile of her) and star Antony Hopkins; according to the
Internet Movie Data Base, it's in pre-production, ready to start filming
for three months in Rome. The current working title is _Titus_.

Chris Gordon

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Sep 1998 18:15:52 -0400
Subject:        Titus

For Karen Colley, who asked about the film Titus:  the film is in
production, and Anthony Hopkins has been confirmed, at least according
to the Internet Movie Database.  As for Tom McCamus' participation, I
believe you are correct, although he will be unavailable for shooting
until the Stratford Festival ends in mid-November.  I'll ask him about
it next time he comes in my shop and see if I can't cajole some more
info from him.

Tanya Gough

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From:           William Kemp <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Sep 1998 12:47:23 -0400
Subject: 9.0897  Re: Titus in Rome
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0897  Re: Titus in Rome

Karen Coley asks for confirmation of a new film of Titus with Anthony
Hopkins.

The IMDb list the film as in preproduction, scheduled (as of 14
September) to start shooting in Rome in three months. The director
listed is Julie Taymor. No information about the production company (and
no source cited for the information given).

Go to http://us.imdb.com/Details?Titus+(1999)

Bill Kemp
Mary Washington College
Fredericksburg, Va.
 

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