Coriolanus (2011)

A contemporary staging of Shakespeare's classic play about the titular Roman warrior, CORIOLANUS stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and James Nesbitt.

Source: "For his debut as a director, Ralph Fiennes has pulled the Shakespearean tragedy "Coriolanus" into the present-day world of 24-hour news coverage of riots and politics.

Fiennes takes the lead as a great but proud and flawed Roman general in the movie, which had its premiere Monday at the Berlin film festival. He stars alongside
Vanessa Redgrave, who plays his iron-willed mother, Volumnia, Jessica Chastain as his wife Virgilia and Gerard Butler, cast as Coriolanus' sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius.

Fiennes said he had thought about making a film of "Coriolanus" -- a tale of heroism, political manipulation, unrest and revenge -- since appearing in the play on stage a decade ago. He gave some thought to setting the movie in ancient Rome or in the 19th century.

"(But) I kept on seeing images in the newspaper or television which seemed to come from this story," Fiennes told reporters -- citing Russia's wars in Chechnya, riots in Athens and the latest global economic crisis. The film starts with a food shortages riot in a city in crisis. "I felt more and more convinced that the world around us was the right setting for the piece," he said."


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