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Middleton's Changeling

  • Film

Time Out says

Attempting a radical update of Middleton's Jacobean tragedy, with the iconoclastic intentions, but without the discipline or sense of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet, writer/producer/director/editor Thompson throws in incongruous modern trappings amid a general sense of gothic medievalism. At court in Alicante, Beatrice (Ray-King), betrothed by her father Vermandero (Mayes) to marry Alonso (Williams), falls for dashing Alsemero (Ó Maonlaí). Their trysts are witnessed by Vermandero's servant De Flores (Dury), a toad-like villain who lusts after her and whom she abhors. In desperation she accepts his offer to dispose of Alonso; then, before she can marry Alsemero, De Flores reveals his price - Beatrice's virginity. Intercut are lengthy scenes of Connolly running a slave-trade circus of lunatics. Gary Moore's monotonous guitar lines soar across the soundtrack, attempting to evoke grand tragedy, while Thompson's camera indulges in similarly grandiloquent swoops.
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Release Details

  • Duration:96 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Marcus Thompson
  • Screenwriter:Marcus Thompson
  • Cast:
    • Ian Dury
    • Amanda Ray-King
    • Colm Ó Maonlaí
    • Billy Connolly
    • Campbell Morrison
    • Moya Brady
    • Richard Mayes
    • Guy Williams
    • Vivian Stanshall
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