Caesar Must Die

Caesar Must Die

A film by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Starring Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Artfully blurring the line between the fictional world of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and life inside the confines of Rome’s Rebibbia Prison, Caesar Must Die is a fascinating interpretation of the classic play by the prison’s inmate-actors. Every step of the production process is captured on film, from the auditions, to the asides that are revelations about these men’s real lives, to the performance itself. Full of the prisoners anger, anxiety, hope and hostility, both real and in the context of the infamous assassination, Caesar Must Die is a stunningly successful social and artistic experiment, beautifully filmed in black and white and powerful in the hands of its actors.

A cinematic hymn to the power of theatre. —A.O. Scott, New York Times


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