A contemporary take on Coriolanus – also showing at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank

Coriolanus at Cinema Nouveau

With 3 or 4 screenings a  day there is still time to see Coriolanus before it goes of circuit. Ralph Fiennes contemporary production has been called ‘the thinking person’s action movie’. Peter Bradshaw of  The Guardian writes:

Ralph Fiennes’s intelligent take on an unloved Shakespeare links it not only to the 1990s Balkans, [much of it was filmed in the Belgrade] but [also to] the present-day Arab spring.’

Using Shakespeare’s original text (with some cuts here and there) the setting is contemporary, drawing on modern genres like war reporting and TV news. Ralph Fiennes is Coriolanus, Vannessa Regdrave is Volumnia, his equally powerful mother  and our very own John Kani plays General Cominius.

 

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