Revengers Tragedy * Alex Cox (2002)

This wonderfull film seems to be somehow connected with the also wonderfull film “24 Hour Party People”. Frank Boyce also wrote the screenplay here and Christopher Eccleston plays a part in both films. For the rest, “Revengers Tragedy” mostly reminds of “Romeo + Juliet” (1996 Baz Luhrman). It is based on the play “Revengers Tragedy” by Thomas Middleton (c.1580-1627). Just as “Romeo + Juliet” this film uses old English text, but a very modern setting (the youth looks like Keith of Prodigy) and everything is really overdramatic. “Revengers Tragedy” became a lush and eye- and earcaressing film with magnificent stages, great acting and a wonderfull mix between old and new elements. Not entirely as good as “Romeo + Juliet”, but “Revengers Tragedy” comes rather close and is definately recommendable. -11/7/06-

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