'Coriolanus' adds to canon of modern film and theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare

February 8, 2012

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'Coriolanus' is Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut.

Shakespeare's dramas never seem to grow old. Over the years they’ve found new life, especially in film.

Othello's been re-cast as a boarding school basketball star. Romeo and Juliet have done the star-crossed lovers thing as rival gang members, lions...and garden gnomes.

Ralph Fiennes takes a slightly more measured but still very modern approach in his directorial debut Coriolanus. WBEZ's Alison Cuddy explored film adaptations of The Bard's body of work, and Kevin Gudahl of Chicago Shakes explained what it really means to be a "Shakespearean actor."