Last night, we watched Ralph Fiennes’s modern-dress film of Shakespeare’s generally little-known, seldom-performed, and minimally-appreciated play Coriolanus. (I’m told, though I don’t know how reliably, that T. S. Eliot proclaimed it his favorite among Shakespeare’s plays, which is perhaps justification enough in itself for giving it a look.) Fiennes both directed the film and performs in it as the lead character.
Anyhow, I thought it was wonderful. Along with a stage version of Measure for Measure that I saw somewhere many years ago, which was set in twentieth-century Vienna under the Nazis, this is by far the most successful and meaningful “modernization” of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen. And it’s far more ambitious than that staged Measure for Measure.
Really, it’s extraordinary, and I enthusiastically recommend it.
Posted from St. George, Utah.