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Shakespeare on Film: Titus Andronicus

BBC/Time Life

Shakespeare's Globe

  • Titus Andronicus (2014): The smash hit of Shakespeare's early career, Titus Andronicus is one of the Bard's most experimental works, a revenge tale of the utmost brutality that centres around the honoured Roman general who fatally refuses to show mercy to the eldest son of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, whom he has defeated in war. Director Lucy Bailey's staging of the Roman tragedy sees the great London theatre transformed into a temple of death, one in which swathes of black fabric coalesce with horrific violence and stand-out performances to create shatteringly powerful drama. This production is available to stream for a small fee from the Globe Player.

Julie Taymor/Antony Hopkins

  • Julie Taymor's incredible 1999 film stars Antony Hopkins as Titus Andronicus, Alan Cumming as Saturninus, and Jessica Lange as Tamora. Full of anachronism in costume and set, the violent and vivid production has been well-received by scholars for the last fifteen years. There are two copies of the DVD on reserve at the library.