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Marilee J. Layman

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08:32 pm: Revengers Tragedy

This play, and almost all the words, were from Thomas Middleton's 1606 play. A much better description than Netflix's packet is:

From Denver Public Library site: Timeless themes of moral corruption and revenge are played out on a stage of gritty, punk futurism and anarchic violence.In a post-apocalyptic Liverpool of the future, a wronged man returns from a self-imposed exile to bring down those responsible for his wife's murder. Contains strong language, violence and sex.

The Netflix packet said it was a "futurist sci-fi drama" and it really wasn't SF. The latest thing in the movie was a cellphone of the type that needs to be holstered. I think what made them write "sci-fi" was the punk style. It's set in 2011, and we aren't quite that punk, but we aren't post-apocalyptic, either. There was a lot of blood, but really good acting. Christopher Eccleston is the protagonist, coming back to get revenge because the Duke killed his wife, and the revenge doesn't go quite how he expected.

I really liked this.

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From:kip_w
Date:April 24th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I have the play on my Reader, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. Middleton came up because one of his plays was believed by some to be a missing Shakespeare — friends told me I should just read real Middleton and not expect it to be the Bard, because Middleton's worth perusal on his own account.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 24th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I've only ever read the original play, so seeing it in a completely different environment, etc., was very interesting.
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From:hairmonger
Date:April 24th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear you liked it because I'm about to watch it tonight!

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 25th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Let us know how you like it!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 1st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)

loved it!

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I've watched it three times, so far. (I knew there was a reason I liked the Eccleston Who best.) Now I must go read the description of the play in Tam Lin again. It's wonderful how the setting makes such perfect sense.

It's finally stopped raining hard, so I have better internet, and can get LJ to load.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 1st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)

Re: loved it!

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Very cool! Yes, it looks like it belongs there from the start.
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