Having subdued the Goths, warrior Titus Andronicus returns to Rome to bury his sons, with Gothic Queen Tamora and her retinue as captives. The newly-dead Roman Emperor's two sons, Saturninus and Bassianus, are competing for their father's title. According to Roman custom, Titus sacrifices Tamora's eldest son to the Gods; having the deciding vote, he also chooses Saturninus as Emperor. Both acts have tragic consequences.
Peter Brynmor Roberts
29 June 1985 (USA)
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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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In an unusual design choice, Jane Howell
had the Roman populace all wear identical generic masks without mouths, so as to convey the idea that the Roman people were faceless and voiceless, as she felt the play depicted a society which "seemed like a society where everyone was faceless except for those in power." In the opening scene, as the former emperor's body is carried out, only Saturninus and Bassianus take their masks away from their faces, no one else, and they do so only to glare at one another. See more
When Titus cuts Alarbus' chest, blood can clearly be seen squirting out of the knife before it has made contact with Alarbus' skin. See more
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