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Troilus and Cressida: BBC Shakespeare Collection [DVD] 
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The bitter Trojan War drags on - the Greeks blame Achilles' apathy for low morale, while Troy's hero Hector challenges one of the enemy to a personal duel. And after her father exchanges Cressida for a Trojan prisoner, the war becomes personal for her distraught lover Troilus. Jonathan Miller pitches his acclaimed production of this part-histoy, part-tragedy between satire and savage farce, highlighting Shakespeare's cynical standpoint where love is mocked and heroism made absurd.
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The running time of "Troilus" is 12 minutes longer than that of "Pericles," yet it feels around 45 minutes shorter. Much of this play is done with a single mobile camera in long, unblinking takes. This adds to the pressure on the actors and crew, and contributes to a special kind of energy.
The performances are all excellent, without an embarrassment in the cast. That is not always true in this series. The young lovers are fine. Charles Gray grabs the role of Pandarus, and shakes it within an inch of its life. This huge personality is almost too big for the small screen, yet he never quite outstays his welcome.
Ben Whitrow's Ulysses is perhaps the most clever, calculating and cold-blooded of any, in any version of the story I've seen. Anthony Pedley is a funny Ajax, and Kenneth Haigh and John Shrapnel are confident as Achilles and Hector. Esmond Knight as King Priam and Jack Birkett as Thersites are both blind actors, which adds a certain otherworldly quality to the proceedings. The physical production and sound design are both detailed and effective.
The book "The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon" by Susan Willis spends a whole chapter describing in detail the rehearsal, taping and editing of this "Troilus." Highly recommended reading.
P.S. The prologue is read off-camera by an uncredited actor. Could it be Alec McCowen? Whoever it is reads the Bard's words as they should be read, a model for would-be Shakespeareans to study.
I thought Miller's version of 'All's Well That End's Well' brilliant. This was a disappointment in comparison. The drab colours as oppossed to the brilliant, visually appealing 'All's Well' were presumably intentional, in line with the 'dark mood' of the play, but I thought the tone dark enough without them.
Then there was the casting; these are supposed to be warriors; as such, they would be as physical as could be, and only a few of them would be likely to live to be middle aged, let alone old. Granted that the Trojan War supposedly lasted ten years, but from this cast of grey and silver haired individuals, you would think that it had lasted twenty-five.
I realise that the director must have been seeking to undercut the legend of a band of fearless, glamourous, youthful doomed heroes, but he has taken it to extremes by chosing such a cast. The youth Troilus is middle-aged. Cressida is young and very pretty, but oddly prissy in her demaeanour; how Ulysses sees her as a potential 'daughter of the game' was a mystery to me. Helen is beautiful enough in her red dress, one of the few splashes of colour in the whole.
Achilles looks like a fat 'media pesonality' gone to seed,lumbering and effete. Aneus (who in legend goes on to Carthage and later Rome) looks old, Ulysses speeches come across as empty rhetoric, though he is depicted as feeling for Troilus. Paris has a dry, scruffy beard like a down and out. Hector looks as though he has seen better days, Ajax and Diomedes are aging,and for sure when Achilles waddles up to Hector in the ambush scene it is the low point of the drama.Read more ›
a star off because Thersites is played as a raging queen. Honestly,
what is wrong with some of these "producers" [yes, I know it's J. Miller]? Sure, the homoerotic
overtones in the play are undeniable - but how is that a licence to slap them willy nilly all
over the surface of the play? [Hilarious 'pun' intended].
This is a very fine play from Shakespeare - it doesn't need any no-hopers dressing it up!
At least we're spared Pandarus as aging and syphilitic drag queen [another high profile
Anyway, that's by the by. The real problem here is not so much the acting as the CASTING (and
the directing). Most of the actors are just unable to play their parts [no doubt they're all
fully capable of performing in more suitable roles].
As a result, the whole thing is as dull and flat as the proverbials, and almost embarrassing to watch.
For example, Ajax - yes the whole 'heroic' thing is being deflated, but he's not supposed to
be the village idiot! The actor stumbles around like he was expecting to be playing Benny
Don't get me started on Hector or Paris, or why Cassandra interrupts the Trojan council of war
with a display of amateur dramatics. I couldn't stand it and turned it off before the end of
the third act.
It's a shame because the 'eponymous' trio [Pandarus, as pandar, being eponymous in his own way]
could have been very good. Pandarus is so brilliantly repellent as to end up being unwatchable
(like most of the cast, though for a different reason). Troilus appeared adequate at least,
probably better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting and witty production, though you can't help feeling Suzanne Burden is miscast as Cressida.Published 23 months ago by Nicholas Stanton
One of the most powerful works on war and its effects in literature--magnificently acted and directed.Published on 28 July 2014 by Robert M. Linn
One of Shakespeare's 'difficult plays, not often performed, so quite and old effort by J.Miller as one of the BBC TV at the time. .Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by A. Adams
Mediocher play. Charles GraY VERY GOOD THOUGH. . Thought the production poor . Too many people standing around making long speeches . Little action and the story inconclusive.Published on 11 Mar. 2013 by David Laing
Studying advanced Shakespeare - the problem plays at university, I was searching for a production of Troilus and Cressida to watch and it seems like this is the only one... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2012 by Allana-Marie