The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0394 Thursday, 24 February 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 23 Feb 2000 10:24:16 -0800
Subject: Re: Titus Article & Books
Comment: SHK 11.0385 Re: Titus Article & Books
Everyone interested in Taymor's Titus may want to check out the current
issue of American Cinematographer, cover date 2/00. It has a lengthy,
and occasionally technical interview with cinematographer Luciano
Tovoli, ASC, which I only partly understood. You can amaze your friends
by talking about how having to drop down to 1600 kilowatts in the
coliseum scene worked just fine. I understood all the stuff about
vision and clarity of image, so there are rewards for non-technical
readers as well. The screenplay will be published in the United States
this April. It will be a heavily illustrated hardback, retailing for a
depressingly high $39.95.
On another note, although I was pretty certain there was no book
dedicated to Warner's Titus, I hoped I was wrong. Since no one has come
forth, so far, with information, I have an alternate suggestion.
Unless I have overlooked something, I wonder if the book Michael Yawney
saw was actually the Titus Andronicus volume in Manchester University
Press' "Shakespeare in Performance" series? It has Brian Cox face on
the cover and gives the best coverage on the production I have seen.
Someone picking up the book and spot reading could come upon the Warner
section and easily remember the book as dedicated to that production.
I was interrupted by life after reading just a few pages of this book,
and didn't get to the Warner section. I suspect it is worth reading.
Everything by Allen Dessen is worth reading.
Next time you are in Stratford, go to the Shakespeare Center Library and
get the production photos, prompt book, and reviews. You'll learn even