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Rome – Venerable Italian helming duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose “Caesar Must Die” won the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear, will shoot “Maraviglioso Boccaccio,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century classic “The Decameron,” with cameras set to start rolling next week in a villa on the outskirts of Florence.
For their take on “Decameron” the Taviani Brothers have assembled an ensemble cast of Italo A-listers, including Riccardo Scamarcio (“Third Person”), Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris with Love”), and teen Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Balancing Act”).
Rome shingle Stemal is producing with financing from Rai Cinema and subsidy support from Italy’s cultural ministry.
“What is the plague today? It’s an epidemic of disillusionment” the Taviani’s said in an »
- Nick Vivarelli
Presented as a documentary about a prison production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani utilize Caesar Must Die as a means to play with the perception of reality to blur the line between truth and fiction. The film begins with the final scene of the production staged inside Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison, presented to an audience of inmates and visitors. The color footage immediately switches to black-and-white as we flashback six months to the initial casting of the production. We meet each of the thespian inmates, getting a feel for why they were cast in their respective roles. The Taviani's are endlessly intrigued by the way that real life and theater reflect upon and influence each other. The inmates bring their own personalities into Shakespeare's characters, just as those characters inform the inmates' "real" lives. Shakespearean dialog is seamlessly intertwined with "real life" prison drama, »
- Don Simpson
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