Il Re Muore (The King Dies) – Richard II

Angiulli, Laura 2018

Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione Galleria Toledo produced a feature film by the title “Il Re Muore” (The King Dies) directed by Laura Angiulli, founder of Galleria Toledo and company director, and sponsored by the Campania Region and the Italian Ministry of Culture. The movie is freely inspired by the Shakespearean drama “Richard II”, reinterpreting the work in a visionary way, while staying true to the plot and the text. A necessary synthesis which respects the original poetry. Read More

Othello

Bene, Carmelo (1937-2002) 1979

This TV version of Bene’s Otello is based on a video recording made in the Torino RAI Studios in 1979. The editing was done more than twenty years later, in 2001, by RAI Educational, commissioned by Bene himself, who supervised the entire process. Otello’s first cue is: “E’ la causa, anima mia” (“It is the cause, my soul”, 1’01”) Read More

Giulio Cesare

Baracco, Andrea 2012

This Italian adaptation of Julius Caesar was performed at the ‘Globe to Globe’ Festival in London in 2012. The production was winner of the Certamen Almagro Off  – Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Almagro (Spain). Read More

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)

Castellucci, Romeo 1997

 

Research Article

Anna Maria Cimitile, ‘Tragedy and Shakespeare Performance Studies in Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio’s Giulio Cesare (1997) and Macbeth su Macbeth (2014)’, Cahiers Élisabéthains 96.1, 2018, pp 102-116, ISSN 0184-7678 (DOI: 10.1177/0184767818768092)

Abstract: The article discusses two productions, respectively of Julius Caesar and Macbeth, by the experimental Italian theatre company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (SRS). My wider scope is a reflection on what I may call the ‘peregrinations’ of the sense of the tragic in our times; my more specific question is: How is the Shakespearean tragic envisioned by SRS? What does their ‘performative thinking’ reveal about tragedy and our sense of the tragic today? As the performances are in Italian, based on Italian translations of Shakespeare, the question of the different language will also be briefly considered, to listen to the ‘ear of the other’ in critical action.

 

 

Hamlet

Maestri, Maria Federica; Pititto, Francesco 2010

There were three Hamlets in the production, sometimes taking turns, sometimes together on stage. The idea reflected the schizophrenia of Hamlet. The arrangement allowed the audience to see different forms of Hamlet’s madness and confront different aspects of the protagonist’s personality. Read More

Hamlet

Maestri, Maria Federica; Pititto, Francesco 2011

In this production of Hamlet, there were three Hamlets, sometimes taking turns, sometimes together on stage. The idea reflected the schizophrenia of Hamlet. The arrangement allowed the audience to see different forms of Hamlet’s madness and confront different aspects of the protagonist’s personality. Read More

La tempesta

Strehler, Giorgio (1921-1997) 1977-78 and 1983-84

An Italian adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Giorgio Strehler in 1983. Read More

Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die)

Taviani, Paolo and Vittorio 2011

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s docudrama about real-life convicts staging Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Winner of the Golden Bear for best film at the 62nd Berlinale.

Production: KaosCinematografica and Rai Cinema

Distribution: RaiTrade

 

Sogno di una notte d’estate

Salvatores, Gabriele 1983

Cast: Flavio Bucci, Gianna Nannini, Alberto Lionello, Erica Blanc, Giuseppe Cederna, Alessandro Haber and others.

Music by Mauro Pagani

King LeoR

de Berardinis, Leo (1939-2008) 1996

King LeoR (1996) is a documentary about the making of King Lear, directed by Leo de Berardinis (1939-2008) who was an innovative director and actor of the Italian theatre. Read More

Un Amleto di meno

Bene, Carmelo (1937-2002) 1972

Shakespeare’s play and Jules Laforgue’s fin-de-siècle Hamlet ou les suites de la piété filiale (1887), a version of the Hamlet story, are merged in Carmelo Bene’s film Un Amleto di meno (One Hamlet Less; Italy, 1973). From Laforgue, Bene takes some speeches as well as the characters of Kate and William – two actors of the theatre company arrived at Elsinore, with William also being the capocomico or lead actor and theatre manager – and the title of the film, which is from the French text’s conclusion: ‘Un Hamlet de moins; la race n’en est pas perdue, qu’on se le dise!’. Read More

Che cosa sono le nuvole? (What are the clouds?)

Pasolini, Pier Paolo 1968

The film was shot as one of the episodes in Capriccio all’italiana (Italy, 1968; producer Dino De Laurentiis) The actors: Totò (Jago), Ninetto Davoli (Otello), Laura Betti (Desdemona), Franco Franchi (Cassio), Ciccio Ingrassia (Roderigo), Adriana Asti (Bianca), Carlo Pisacane (Brabanzio). The Italian popular singer Domenico Modugno is the ‘immondezzaro’ or dustman, while the writer Francesco Leonetti, co-founder with Pasolini and Roberto Roversi of the journal Officina in 1955, plays in the film as the puppeteer Read More