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Cajus Julius Caesar

Alternative title
Julius Caesar Caio Guilio Cesare
Synopsis
Feature film. The story of Julius Caesar with just occasional borrowings from Shakespeare’s play. Filmed in the traditional Italian spectacular tradition the plot covers a good deal of Caesar’s life and only in the final reel are there parallels with Shakespeare.
Country
Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1914
Duration
78 mins; 7,035 feet

Credits

Director
Enrico Guazzoni
Cinematographer
Antonio Cufaro
Screenplay
Raffaele Giovanoli
Cast
Amleto NovelliJulius Caesar
Amedeo NazzariMarcus Brutus
Augusto MastripietriCato
Bruto Castellani 
Carlo Duse 
Giovanni Terribili GonzalesTertullia
Ignazio Lupi 
Irene MattaliaServillia
Lia Orlandini 
Ruffo Geri 
Signor Ricci 

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The copy held in the BFI National Archive has German titles. The quotations from Shakespeare are in English. The titles of the copy held in the Library of Congress are in English. Their 16mm reference print is 60mins.
General
Ball, examining contemporary publicity sources, notes that the film was reported as being eighteen months in production and employing a cast of 20,000. Eleven assistant directors were said to have been employed, the advice sought of two professors of archaeology, while eighteen seamstresses worked for five months on the costumes . The estimated budget was $750,000.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp. 208-10. 354).

Production Company

Name

Cines

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

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