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Caesar Must Die 2012

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An exciting drama-documentary from the octogenarian directing duo featuring a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at Rome's toughest prison.

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The theater in Rome's Rebibbia Prison. A performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has just ended amidst much applause. The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells.

  • SIX MONTHS EARLIER

The warden and a theater director speak to the inmates about a new project, the staging of Julius Caesar in the prison. The first step is casting, a process both vivid and energetic. The second step is the exploration of the text. Shakespeare's universal language helps the inmate-actors to identify with their characters. The path is long and full of anxiety, hope and play. These are the feelings accompanying the inmates at night in their prison cells after each day of rehearsal.

Who is Giovanni who plays Caesar? Who is Salvatore-Brutus? For which crimes have they been sentenced to prison? The film does not hide this.

The wonder and pride for the play do not always free the inmates from the exasperation of being incarcerated. Their angry confrontations put the show in danger. On the anticipated but feared day of opening night, the audience is numerous and diversified: inmates, actors, students, directors.

Julius Caesar is brought back to life but this time on a stage inside a prison. It's a success.

The inmates return to their cells. Even 'Cassius,' one of the main characters, one of the best. He has been in prison for many years, but tonight his cell feels different, hostile. He remains still. Then he turns, looks into the camera and tells us: "Since I have known art, this cell has turned into a prison."

  • DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

A dear friend recounted to us a theater experience she had had a few nights earlier. She cried, she said, and it had not happened in years. We went to that theater inside a prison. Rome's Rebibbia, the High-Security Section.

After passing a number of gates and blockades we reached a stage were twenty or so inmates, some of them serving life sentenced, were reciting Dante's Divine Comedy. They had chosen a few cantos of Hell and were now reliving the pain and torments of Paolo and Francesca, of Count Ugolino, of Ulysses - all in the hell of their own prison... They each spoke in their own dialects, occasionally addressing parallels between the poetic story evoked by the cantos and their own lives. We remembered the words and tears of our friend.

We felt the need to discover through a film how the beauty of their performances was born from those prison cells, from those outcasts that live so far from culture.

We suggested Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to Fabio Cavalli, the stage director working with the inmates.

We staged it with the collaboration of the inmates, filming in their cells, in the prison yard, the fathoms of the High-Security Section and eventually on stage. We tried to contrast the darkness of their life as convicts with the poetic force of the emotions Shakespeare evokes - friendship and betrayal, murder, and the torment of a difficult choice, the prices of power and truth. Reaching deep into a work like this means also looking at yourself, especially when one must leave the stage and return to the confinement of a cell.

Caesar Must Die Movie Details 🎥


Directed by

Taviani Brothers (Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani)

Writing Credits

Taviani Brothers (Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani)

William Shakespeare (Play)

Starring

Fabio Cavalli

Giovanni Arcuri

Maurilio Giaffreda

Cosimo Rega

Salvatore Striano

Antonio Frasca

Juan Dario Bonetti

Vincenzo Gallo

Fabio Rizzuto

Rosario Majorana

Francesco De Masi

Gennaro Solito

Vittorio Parrella

Maurilio Giaffreda

Pasquale Crapetti

Francesco Carusone

Music by

Carmelo Travia

Giuliano Taviani

Cinematography by

Simone Zampagni

Category: EFA, European Film Award Nominee

Genre: Drama

Country: Italy

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