Caesar Must Die

Caesar Must Die  {Cesare deve morire}
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Caesar Must Die
Cesare deve morire
Italy, 2012, 76 Minute Running Time
Topic: Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival; Best Film, David di Donatello Awards

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, the justly lauded icons of the 1980s international art-house scene responsible for such classics as Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos, have returned to form with this docudrama that tantalizingly blurs the line between fiction and reality. Set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and drawing its cast from inmates—murderers, drug dealers, Mafiosi—in the maximum-security wing, the film chronicles the auditions for, and staging of, a version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to profound and sometimes startling effect. Filmmakers half the age of the Tavianis—they are now in their eighties—rarely make films this young at heart. In black and white with color sequences.

“The film is entirely characteristic of the Tavianis in that it is a witty cautionary tale of failed idealism, revolutionary communal action, endless cyclical Utopianism and the value and concomitant cost of a commitment to art… [T]he Tavianis remain deeply aware of such contradictions and paradoxes, and it’s this that makes Caesar Must Die so humane, intelligent and affecting.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out London.

Winner: Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival. Best Film, Best Director, David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars)

DIRECTOR: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Producer: Grazia Volpi
Editor: Roberto Perpignani
Screenwriter: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Cinematographer: Simone Zampagni
Music: Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia
Principal Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca, Vincenzo Gallo
Filmography: The Lark Farm (2007), Elective Affinities (1996), Fiorile (1993), Night Sun (1990), Good Morning Babylon (1987), Kaos (1984), The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982), Padre Padrone (1977)
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