A movie that has flown surprisingly under the radar has been Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus. It’s a modernized version of one of Shakespeare’s less well-known, and also on of his most brutal and bloody plays. As an added bonus, it’s one of my personal favorites, so when the cast was announced — Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Gerard Butler, and Jessica Chastain — I was more than a little excited.
The film debuted at the Berlin Film Festival back in February, and somehow this footage slipped right past me. I must say, it looks fairly intense. Many people are anti-updating when it comes to Shakespeare. I’m OK with it, provided that it keeps with the tone and atmosphere of the original. I loved Richard III, but I confess that there aren’t too many others that have struck my fancy. But I have high hopes for this one.
For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a synopsis for you (via Ropes Of Silicon):
Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.
Here’s a pretty impressive and stark photo of Fiennes and his army:
And here’s a bit from the BIFF coverage — give it about 25 seconds, and then the footage kicks in. It’s worth the wait.
Finally, the poster:
What say you?