The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0050 Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Subject: Fiennes "Coriolanus"
I learned from Mike Jenson of Ralph Fiennes' modernization of Coriolanus:
Fiennes Modernizes Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"
By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press
BERLIN - For his debut as a director, Ralph Fiennes has pulled the Shakespearean tragedy "Coriolanus"
into the present-day world of 24-hour news coverage of riots and politics.
Fiennes takes the lead as a great but proud and flawed Roman general in the movie, which had its premiere
Monday at the Berlin film festival.
He stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave, who plays his iron-willed mother, Volumnia and Gerard Butler, cast
as Coriolanus' sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius.
Fiennes said he had thought about making a film of "Coriolanus" -- a tale of heroism, political
manipulation, unrest and revenge -- since appearing in the play on stage a decade ago. He gave some
thought to setting the movie in ancient Rome or in the 19th century.
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