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Caesar Must Die
ORIGINAL TITLE Cesare deve morire
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DIRECTOR Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
SCREENWRITER Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani (Story: William Shakespeare)
COMPOSER Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia
CAST Fabio Cavalli, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca, Juan Dario Bonetti, Vincenzo Gallo, Rosario Majorana, Francesco De Masi, Gennaro Solito, Vittorio Parrella, Pasquale Crapetti, Francesco Carusone, Fabio Rizzuto, Fabio Cavalli, Maurilio Giaffreda
STUDIO/PRODUCER Kaos Cinematografica / Rai Cinema / Stemal Entertainment / Le Talee
AWARDS 2012: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear Best Film
2011: 5 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Director. 8 Nominations
2012: European Film Awards: 4 nominations, including Best Film & Best Director
2012: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
GENRE Drama | Prison drama. Stage Play
SYNOPSIS/PLOT The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all 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 the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. This documentary does not dwell on the crimes these men have committed in their ‘real’ lives; rather, it draws parallels between this classical drama and the world of today, describes the commitment displayed by all those involved and shows how their personal hopes and fears also flow into the performance. After the premiere the cell doors slam shut behind Caesar, Brutus and the others. These men all feel proud and strangely touched, as if the play has somehow revealed to them the depths of their own personal history.
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"'Caesar Must Die' shows us in the starkest possible terms the electric power of drama to move and touch not only audiences but the actors who bring so much of themselves to their performances” (Kenneth Turan: Los Angeles Times)
"In a scant hour and a quarter it enlarges your notion of what theater and cinema, what art itself, can do — it dissolves every boundary it meets” (David Edelstein: New York Magazine)
"Though the Tavianis’ intent is clear—to comment on the thin line separating part and performer, as well as on the quite literally liberating powers of art—the meanings rarely emerge with any elegance or resonance (...) Rating: ** (out of five)" (Keith Uhlich: Time Out)
"The result feels, like Shakespeare's play, at once ancient and dangerously new” (Anthony Lane: The New Yorker)
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