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Director Elijah Moshinski's 1984 BBC adaptation of Coriolanus presents themes that remain highly relevant today: the excessive arrogance of the privileged classes, the failure of leaders to heed the will of the citizenry, and the tendency of people to prize social standing above compassion, humility, and other qualities. The play, which generally features strong acting, begins at a time of famine in Rome. When the citizens blame the rulers for the shortage of food, the patrician warrior Caius Martius (Alan Howard), later to be known as Coriolanus, criticizes them as a drain on the public… More