Shakespeare and Film: Coriolanus, Sunday, April 22
Shakespeare-in-film expert introduces special screening of the Bard's history play
Please join us at The Revue on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. for a special screening of Coriolanus, introduced by Shakespeare and film expert Philippa Sheppard.
About Philippa Sheppard:
Philippa, who lives in the High Park neighbourhood, lectures at Stratford and teaches at U of T. She’s working on a book about Shakespeare and film, focusing on adaptations since 1989. She obtained a doctorate at Oxford, writing her dissertation on the rhetoric of war in Shakespeare’s English History Plays. Her field of concentration was 16th and 17th drama.
Here are some of the questions she’ll address: Why are so many directors adapting Shakespeare to the screen? Where does Coriolanus fit in the Shakespeare canon in terms of subject and style? Why might Ralph Fiennes, who played it to acclaim on stage, choose to direct and star in a film version?
About the Film:
Directed by Ralph Fiennes, and released in 2011, Coriolanus stars Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler and Brian Cox. Rotten Tomatoes awarded a top critic rating of 93 per cent.
Here’s how Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers describes the film:
"As a first-time film director, Ralph Fiennes updates Shakespeare's Coriolanus into a brutal tale of modern warfare (think The Hurt Locker, which shares a cinematographer in Barry Ackroyd) with no damage to the Bard's bruising poetry. Neat trick. Shot in Belgrade, Serbia, the film pits Fiennes' Gen. Caius Martius, a.k.a. Coriolanus, against the marauding Voluscian army, led by Aufidius (Gerard Butler, as comfy with verse as he is in battle). But Coriolanus has a greater enemy: the public. He won't cater to them by doing sound bites on talk shows. His trophy wife, Virgilia (the luminous Jessica Chastain), can't soften him. That job is left to his mother, Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave), whose bond with her son is near incestuous. Fiennes, as star and commander, pulls off a triumph. But Redgrave's towering performance is a tour de force that carries the film to glory. When Coriolanus' hot temper results in a break with home and family and a union with Aufidius, the world is cracked beyond healing. Purists may holler that Fiennes and screenwriter John Logan have cut the Bard's second-longest play into two tense hours onscreen, but the power of the piece is undeniable."
Don’t miss this special screening. Tickets: $10 and $12.