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Re: Taymor on Titus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0281  Thursday, 10 February 2000.

[1]     From:   Joe Conlon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 17:19:00 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0280 Taymor on Titus

[2]     From:   Nicole Imbracsio <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 17:31:19 -0700
        Subj:   RE: Taymor on Titus


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From:           Joe Conlon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 17:19:00 -0500
Subject: 11.0280 Taymor on Titus
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0280 Taymor on Titus

Dear Janet,

Thanks for the report.  I am here in the hinterlands of North Central
Indiana and waiting with anticipation for Titus to open anywhere within
100 miles.  I've visited the Fox Searchlight site and think it's quite
well done.  I'll want to jump in on the discussion once I can find it.
I'm very jealous of you big city types.

Joe Conlon

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From:           Nicole Imbracsio <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 17:31:19 -0700
Subject:        RE: Taymor on Titus

I agree with Janet MacLellan's observation that there has been a
surprising lack of discussion on the new Titus film.

I found the movie, overall, horrible.  Taymor's directorial choices were
trite and unremarkable.  I found myself playing "spot the reference"
throughout the movie ("Oh, Fellini! Oh, Kubrick! Oh, Brook!").  She
seemed to "throw away" all important scenes and monologues in order for
her to showcase her self-masturbatory "creativity."  Her filming was
atrocious: voice-overs before the audience knows who the character is
(Aaron), stagnant filming (there were only two scenes which involved
camera movement).

I do give Taymor credit for doing, nearly, the entire play.  However, I
think she should stick to production design (the costuming WAS superb).

I would love to hear other SHAKSERians' comments on the movie.

-Nicole M. Imbracsio
University of Massachusetts, Boston
 

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