Thursday, August 25, 2005

A Director to Adapt Each of Shakespeare's Plays #2 -- ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The Plot:

Marc Antony is a big shot with the Roman army, but spends a lot of his downtime across the sea in Egypt with Cleopatra. But, to his credit, he is willing to stop his big love-in upon hearing about his wife’s death. Back to Rome he goes, where Octavius (that’s Caesar to you, punk) has a new wife already lined up for him – his sister, Octavia. Much jealousy and betrayal follow. Cleopatra pulls the old false suicide ruse. Antony falls for it and kills himself. Cue the asps. Roll credits.

Why Inarritu?

On the strength of essentially just two films, Amores Perros and 21 Grams, Inarritu has demonstrated his ability to explore passionate, often reckless characters who have dreams about living the good life, yet find that real life is ruled by responsibility – to a lover, to a child, to God. With his exhilarating pacing and editing combined with his ability to coax gutsy performances, Inarritu is the man for this legendary story.

Inarritu films I have seen:

1. Amores Perros ***1/2

2. 21 Grams ***1/2

Also ... Inarratu contributes one of the strongest shorts to the multi-director project, 11'o9"01.


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