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Caesar Must Die

By EMILY JENSEN
Featuring an all-male cast with enough stubble to carpet the Colosseum, Caesar Must Die is a deeply emotional Italian sausagefest. Brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani follow actual inmates rehearsing a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Rome’s Rebibbia prison—but the film’s not a documentary, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d assume this band of drug traffickers, gangsters and murderers were professional actors. The passion with which cast members explore their roles, earnestly stumbling upon parallels between the play and their own lives, is raw and startling. Antonio Frasca plays a shattering Marc Antony, performing his eulogy of Caesar from the middle of the prison yard as inmates hang from the bars on their windows, screaming their lines back to him.
 

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  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 76 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
  • Country: Italy
  • Language: Italian
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Salvatore Striano [Bruto], Cosimo Rega [Cassio], Giovanni Arcuri [Cesare], Antonio Frasca [Marcantonio], Juan Bonetti [Decio]
  • Directed by: Paolo Taviani [Director], Vittorio Taviani [Director], Paolo Taviani [Screenwriter], Vittorio Taviani [Screenwriter], Agnese Fontana [Producer], Cecilia Valmarana [Producer], Grazia Volpi [Producer], Donatella Palermo [Producer], Laura Salerno [Producer], Giuliano Taviani [Original Music], Carmelo Travia [Original Music]
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