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Titus: The Illustrated Screenplay, Adapted from the Play by William Shakespeare (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks) Hardcover – April 18, 2000

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[Julie Taymor] takes Shakespeare's goriest play and makes it vivid, relevant, and of elevating scariness. . . . [It is] a complex weave of word and image, and an early clue to where film might go in its second century. -- Richard Corliss, Time

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Julie Taymor is the two-time Tony Award winner for The Lion King and one of the most imaginative and respected directors working in the performing arts today. Her work is celebrated in the art book Playing with Fire (Abrams) and a Bravo TV profile. She previously directed the Academy Award®-nominated adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus. She lives in New York.


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Product Details

  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; 1 edition (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557044368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557044365
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"If William Shakespeare were alive today, he would be writing and directing movies..." is the statement made boldly on the back of this book. Taymor delivered her vision of what might of been in the (highly underrated) bigscreen version of Titus, of which Titus: The Illustrated Screenplay, is based. This screenplay provides glorious color photos of key elements in the film, a complete word-for-word script, and tells just how Taymor brought the story from the stage to the screen. Fans of the cast may find some information lacking, and the book could have spent time detailing the costumes, but overall the book was hardly disappointing. The photographs are one of the best features of the book, most in full color and some spanning over two pages. These pictures show a great amount of the setting and costumes, as well as the emotions expressed in important parts of the movie, alongside bold print quotations that apply to the moment. What makes this a good companion to the movie though, is that it gives the full script of what is said in the film, often valuable to those that can't decipher the words directly from the actors' mouths. Shakespeare's writing can often be confusing to those not familiar with reading his stories. While there is some parts hard to understand, the book describes some of the meanings behind the characters' actions, helping to show what occurs. Some of Taymor's liberties are also pointed out, particularly the uses of anachronism throughout the storyline (to show how this story applies to modern times). Taymor takes some time to describe the process of making the movie. She goes into who is involved in the costumes, setting, score, etc. and also how the story became so important to her to make into a movie.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chiron on April 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you're a lover of Taymor's unconventional movie, you will find equal delight in the book that accompanies it. Things like this are really quite rare. In my personal opinion, this is a bit of a treasure of a find.
The pictures alone are grand. And the word-for-word transcript of the text makes it perfect to read while simutaneously viewing the film. It really lets the impact of the weighty dialogue come out.
The introduction is of special interest to me- informative and insightful, it put the subject matter in context.
While I might have wanted more information concerning the behind-the-scenes goings on in the film, I find this a small quibble at best. Things this *unique* don't come around very often. Therefore, when they do, sieze them with joy.
Not only is Titus a powerful story, it is a beautiful film that speaks to our time. This book I found nearly as enjoyable as the movie. Like the other reviewer stated- if you liked the film, you will like this too.
I really am pleased in my decision to purchase this; I think you would be too.
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