Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shakespeare at Large

OK, I'm as excited about the upcoming Coriolanus movie as the next Shakespeare geek, but I'm a little concerned about the promo poster.

"Nature Teaches Beasts To Know Their Friends"????? A line in the play that refers to how Coriolanus is vulnerable to the commoners (the beasts), and is kind of ironic considering how these "beasts" can turn on you at any moment. It's a complicated line, also for what it possibly suggests about the weird love/hate/homoerotic relationship between Coriolanus and Aufidius (pictured above). In any case, on a movie poster, it's kind of a mouthful and a brainful.

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