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Timon of Athens (1981)

Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

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Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Timon of Athens  »

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For the scene when Timon loses his temper after the second banquet, Jonathan Pryce didn't know how he wanted to play the scene, so Jonathan Miller simply told him to improvise. This necessitated cameraman Jim Atkinson having to keep Pryce in shot without knowing beforehand where Pryce was going to go or what he was going to do. Only once, when Pryce seems as if he is about to bend over but then suddenly stops, did Atkinson lose Pryce from centre frame. See more »

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Version of Timon d'Athènes (1975) See more »

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minor Shakespeare
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This minor Shakespeare is more of a fable than a full-blown plot. We first meet Timon giving a feast for his 'friends' (a bunch of flatterers and fakes), lavishing praise and jewels on them. He is an innocent amongst a pack of wolves.

When his fortune changes and he needs their help, each friend turns their back on him, as the philosopher foretold in Act One. Timon then turns sage and prophet, railing at the world which abandoned him.

Jonathan Pryce heads the cast and is a wonderful Timon, turning seamlessly from the generous, open-hearted fool to the twisted, unhappy beggar. John Shrapnel is about the best of the supporting cast, although all are good within the constraints of their character stereotypes.


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