More on that BBC homo-eroticism…

OK, so yesterday, in my review of the 1983 BBC Complete Works film of Coriolanus, I talked a little about what I perceived as homoerotic aspect in the piece.

I’ve been asked if maybe I’m reading too much into this.

Judge for yourself…

I’ve uploaded a video to my YouTube channel (and the Coriolanus playlist) with the three scenes in question. Am I reading too much into it?

[NOTE: YouTube has blocked the video for copyright purposes; I have filed a dispute and am appealing….but until then, slideshows will have to suffice…]

The first act shirtless battle:

Aufidius, shirtless
Martius, shirtless
Martius, shirtless, framed by Aufidius' semi-nude body
wrasslin'
disarming
begin choking...
stop choking; have a moment; scene ends mid-moment...

 

The fourth act meeting:

framing; not face-to-face
Aufidius begins a choke of his own...
Martius leans back, exposes more of neck
Aufidius releases
hug
more hug: reaching down
even more hug: under the shirt
chest-rubbin'
finally face-to-face
Aufidius cradles Martius' face
Aufidius pulls Martius in
Martius smiles...

 

The final act death:

wrestle for the sword
Aufidius gains control
Aufidius lines up the shot...
penetration
deeper thrust
face-to-face
who's killin' who here?
to kill, to die...
"die" had another meaning in Shakespeare's day
the end

Like I said yesterday, it’s not like the play doesn’t have those elements (it does), but this execution does feel a little clumsily heavy-handed, right?

Comment?