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Cesare Deve Morire

Alternative title
Caesar Must die
Synopsis
Documentary. A performance of scenes from Julius Caesar by inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’. Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. The film does not dwell on the crimes the men have committed in their ‘real’ lives, but draws parallels between the play and the contemporary world. The film is shot mainly in black and white.
Language
Italian (Standard)
Country
Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2012
Duration
76 mins

Credits

Director
Paolo Taviani; Vittorio Taviani
Cinematographer
Simone Zampagni
Screenplay
Paolo Taviani; Vittorio Taviani
Music
Carmelo Travia; Giulano Taviani
Cast
Giovanni ArcuriJulius Caesar
Antonio FrascaMark Antony
Juan Dario BonettiDecius Brutus
Cosimo RegoCaius Cassius
Fabio RizzutoStrato
Francesco CarusoneSoothsayer
Francesco De MasiTrebonius
Gennaro SolitoCinna
Maurillio GiafreddaOctavius Caesar
Maurillo GiaffredaOctavius Caesar
Rosario MajoranaMetellus Cimber
Salvatore StrianoMarcus Brutus
Vincenzo GalloLucius
Vittorio ParrellaCasca

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
drama therapy; prisoners; prisons; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals; Untrained actors; Auditions

Notes

History
Shown in the 2012 London Film Festival.
Awards
Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale International Film Festival. British film and theatre director Mike Leigh led the judging panel.
Reviews
Philip Kemp, Sight & Sound (vol. 23. no. 3. March 2013, p. 91-2).

Production Company

Name

Kaos Cinematografica

Distributor

Name

Retail outlets

Distributor (Sale)

Name

New Wave Films

Email
info@newwavefilms.co.uk
Web
http://www.newwavefilms.co.uk/contact.html External site opens in new window
Phone
020 3178 7096
Fax
020 3008 6171
Address
10 Margaret Street
London
W1W 8RL

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