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Coriolanus

Released: 20/01/2012 Released in key cities
When it comes to directing your first feature you can't ask for a better script than one penned by Shakespeare. That's what Ralph Fiennes must have thought, as he's brought the bard's lesser known political tragedy out of retirement. Fiennes and Gerard Butler star in a tale of Roman generals that hits all the right contemporary notes. For more information visit: http://www.coriolanusmovie.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=2208951
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The Independent“Fiennes amps up the power of the verse with some shrewd casting...” After a shaky start, the debutant director finds his feet, and turns this 400-year-old play into something vivid and compelling...
 
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The Observer“Ralph Fiennes's bloody and bold directorial debut...” At once visceral and intelligent, this beautifully acted, vividly staged film brings a powerful, challenging honesty to bear on class, political life and the demands we make on our leaders...
 
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Evening Standard“Redgrave matches the power of Fiennes's performance...” This is Shakespeare played with total commitment, and whatever the shortcomings of the play itself, no one could accuse this adaptation of lacking relevance. It does, in fact, become more like a prescient lesson to us all...
 
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The Telegraph“Wait till you hear the actors let rip...” Why the mysterious cooling of awards attention for this clearly outstanding performance? I’ve heard the theory that Bafta voters stopped watching their screeners halfway through, and thereby missed some of the best acting of Redgrave’s life...
 
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Empire“One is thunderstruck at how timeless is a 400 year-old play...” Exciting, ironic, with assured direction, accomplished performances and the tension of topical themes, this is Shakespeare as relevant as you like it...
 
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Little White Lies“Agonisingly incomprehensible, long-winded and mealy mouthed...” Cinema is an adaptive medium, yes, but it’s also a medium that deals in adaptations. Not transliterations. In treating Shakespeare not just as timeless but as changeless, we don’t respect his work – we mummify it...
 
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Total Film “Feels like discovering a whole new Shakespeare work...” More than just a nutritious slice of Shakespeare, Fiennes’ directing debut makes you crave further helpings. Watch Redgrave during awards season...
 
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Time Out“The key is that the themes still feel relevant...” A committed and worthwhile celluloid version of a play so few of us really know...
 
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Radio Times“A strong directorial debut...” It's Fiennes the actor - exerting a fallibly regal presence - who ultimately drives the story home...
 
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Guardian“There's a fierce intelligence at work...” Ralph Fiennes's intelligent take on an unloved Shakespeare links it not only to the 1990s Balkans, but the present-day Arab spring...
 
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