This film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus." Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Who says revenge is sweet?
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David Hugh Jones
Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.
War begets revenge. Victorious general, Titus Andronicus, returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora queen of the Goths and her sons. He orders the eldest hewn to appease the Roman dead. He declines the proffered emperor's crown, nominating Saturninus, the last ruler's venal elder son. Saturninus, to spite his brother Bassianus, demands the hand of Lavinia, Titus's daughter. When Bassianus, Lavinia, and Titus's sons flee in protest, Titus stands against them and slays one of his own. Saturninus marries the honey-tongued Tamora, who vows vengeance against Titus. The ensuing maelstrom serves up tongues, hands, rape, adultery, racism, and Goth-meat pie. There's irony in which two sons survive. Written by
The fanfare which plays over the opening credits is in fact a recited version of a Latin translation of the dialogue from the play, as Titus is being welcomed back to Rome by Marcus. Composer Elliot Goldenthal had the text translated and then wrote it as an opera. It is sung by an all male choir of over 80 tenors, baritones and basses. See more »
The position of the spoon as Lucius jams it down Saturninus' throat. See more »
[Titus is dressed as a cook]
Why art thou thus attired, Andronicus?
Because I would be sure to have all well, To entertain your highness and your Empress.
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I liked this movie a lot. Shakespeare is the only profound person I've ever come across and this movie did him justice.
If you like Shakespeare and aren't hung up on the need of Shakespeare plays / movies to use English accents, then watch this movie.
Brilliant acting, brilliant production. This isn't the typical low budget Shakespeare movie that hurts the eyes. It's an unsettling movie which is good because it's an unsettling play. The movie did a good job of expressing the feeling that is hidden within the text.
Anthony Hopkins is an amazing actor, backed up by other actors who are almost as impressive.
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