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THE SIMPSONS #76 was a look at the Simpsons doing some of Shakespeare's works. Itchy and Scratchy get "Titus Andronicus." Be warned: it is gory even for Itchy and Scratchy.



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Some scholars think Titus Adronicus was so off-the-wall violent, Shakespeare was actually doing a parody.

Date: 2015-07-04 03:28 am (UTC)
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You know, the movie version of Titus is one of my favorite Shakespeare movies ever. Its probably the only one I watched in multiple Shakespeare classes, and would watch outside of a class setting.

Just the final scene where Titus is feeding his enemies the people pies, the cheery gleeful Italian music that plays as he does, and how gleeful Titus is in the situation just makes me smile.

Date: 2015-07-04 06:51 am (UTC)
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On the one hand, that was pitch-perfect casting for Titus.

On the other, I felt in parts of it Taymor fell into the same indulgence as Terry Gilliam, making it a wee bit too stylised without a lot of the substance attached to the original text (I'm also not a huge fan of "Across the Universe").

e.g., the bit where Lavinia names her killers, which ought to be just as solemn and tragic as Titus advocating for his son's life or helping his grandson to murder a fly, and yet they...speed it up? And add electric guitars?

Not saying it's terrible - just not my favourite. By the by, what do you think of the new "Macbeth" they're putting out this year with Fassbender and Cotillard? It won't be Polanski, and it'll probably be a bit "summer action thriller"/"Not your DAD's Shakespeare!", but I'll still give it a go.

Date: 2015-07-04 04:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randyripoff
Love Titus Andronicus. I know many consider it Shakespeare's worst play, but personally I think Will was trying to write a satire and didn't tell anyone.

Date: 2015-07-04 05:58 am (UTC)
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All I know is that Aaron is one of my favorite villains in Theatre..

Date: 2015-07-04 06:55 am (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
What I keep having to remind people is that he was adapting it from Romeus and Juliet, an Italian novella that actually takes place over several months rather than days - but, of course, when you're writing for the stage a transition like that can be very difficult to do. (See also The Winter's Tale, wherein Time itself literally comes onto the stage to say "I'm Time! And I'm passing! D'you get it? Time passing! I CANNOT stress this enough!")

So the whole "immediately get married and then dead within a week" complaint is still valid, but it's not the whole story.

Date: 2015-07-04 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, plus in Romeus and Juliet, it was played as the kids for being in the wrong for trying to get together despite from being from rival houses and they shouldn't disobey their parents.

Shakespeare changed it so that the families are in the wrong for fighting over a meaningless petty squabble.

Of course I'd argue both Romeo and Juliet are still both intensely stupid.

Date: 2015-07-04 02:35 pm (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Of course I'd argue both Romeo and Juliet are still both intensely stupid.

Well, yes, but isn't that the typical standard for "romance"/"twoo wuv" stories anyhow?

Date: 2015-07-04 02:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Like Romeo and Juliet
T'was written in the stars before they even met
That love and fate, and a touch of stupidity
Would rob them of their hope of living happily
The endings are often a little bit gory
I wonder why they didn't just change their story?


"A Little Bit Naughty" - Matilda, the Musical

Date: 2015-07-04 06:41 am (UTC)
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This is pretty tame for Itchy and Scratchy standards actually considering they never bleed here.

Date: 2015-07-04 02:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Memories of the Titus Andronicus inspired murder in Vincent Price's "Theatre of Blood"...

ARRRRRGH!!!

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