Titus (1999) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

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Directed by Julie Taymor. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Rhys, Laura Fraser, Angus Macfadyen, and Osheen Jones. English. Colour. 162 minutes.

Taymor’s Titus is the first feature-length adaptation of Shakespeare’s early revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus, which grew out of Taymor’s stage version of the play produced off Broadway in 1994. This play is one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest works, involving as it does human sacrifice, rape, decapitation and cannibalism. The action of the film shifts between the play’s original Roman setting and a more contemporary world of motor cars, video games and loudspeakers. This is in keeping with Shakespeare’s own practice of setting plays in the distant past while allowing them to act as a

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Citation: Dunne, Derek. "Titus (1999) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19413, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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