Tuesday, October 18, 2011

First Coriolanus, Now Antony + Cleopatra?

"It's a long way down the line," but director Ralph Fiennes wouldn't mind following up his Coriolanus with a shot at Antony and Cleopatra.

I hope that his Coriolanus does well, and that this represents a new trend in Shakespeare movies - away from our yearly versions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, and starting to show more love toward these other great plays that, really, are as good as lost to a modern audience. 

What plays would you love to see on Fiennes' list?  I'd love to see him do something with the histories, ala Welles' Chimes at Midnight. Not that exact story, but that idea -- tell a large chunk of the history plays while at the same time telling your own story.

I've also heard praise for Timon of Athens, so I'm waiting for somebody to breathe some life into that one as well.

1 comment:

BillyB said...

Timon of Athens is a rocking play. I haven't seen a film version but there are many scenes from shorter attempts on youtube. In 2010 I directed it onstage in Boston, images here.