TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama, Horror
Roman warrior Titus Andronicus finds himself trapped in a nightmarish cycle of vengeance, misery, and bloodshed.
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In an unusual design choice, Jane Howell had the Roman populace all wear identical generic masks without mouths, so as to convey the idea that the Roman people were faceless and voiceless, as she felt the play depicted a society which "seemed like a society where everyone was faceless except for those in power." In the opening scene, as the former emperor's body is carried out, only Saturninus and Bassianus take their masks away from their faces, no one else, and they do so only to glare at one another.
Young Lucius wears glasses throughout the film but these were not invented until the Middle Ages. However, the film is not set in any specific time period. There are indications of an ancient Roman setting, but also of an Elizabethan setting. This was purposely done by the filmmakers, so Lucius wearing glasses is not necessarily an anachronism.
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