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Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 4 June 1953 (USA)
The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

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Brutus, Cassius, and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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MGM's acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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4 June 1953 (USA)  »

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$2,070,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (original release)

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| (tinted) (1969 UK re-release)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in just 35 days, using some of the sets from Quo Vadis (1951), which were dismantled, flown from Rome to Hollywood and then re-assembled for this film. Producer John Houseman confirmed that it was never intended that the film be shot in color, as he and the director Joseph L. Mankiewicz wanted it to have the urgency of a newsreel, not to look like a costume epic. See more »

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When Decius Brutus comes to Caesar's home to bring him to the senate, Caesar tells Decius that his wife Calphurnia "on her knee hath begged that I will stay at home today." While this line of dialogue is verbatim from the play, in the film Calphurnia does not fall to her knees to beg Caesar, and instead remains standing, so this line of dialogue is inaccurate for Caesar to say in the context of this film. See more »

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[first lines]
Flavius: Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:/ Is this a holiday? what! know you not,/ Being mechanical, you ought not walk/ Upon a labouring day without the sign/ Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?
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A must for Shakespeare fans, but...
8 January 2001 | by (Den Haag, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I am certainly a fan of the bard's work. Therefor I was pleasantly surprised to see this movie and hear that it was almost the complete original text they used for the dialogue. Without subtitles it was a chore to keep up with, but when you do you are in for a treat.

This classic tale of politics, treachery, love and death was performed to perfection by people such as Marlon Brando (Marc Antony), John Gielgud (Cassius, delivering a powerhouse performance as usual), James Mason (Brutus). I was thrilled by the fact that this movie was produced so lavishly and yet so humble. It never made the mistake, like Cleopatra, to depict the scenes too grand. It all stayed very natural and believable. Of course there must be historical inaccuracies in this story, but was Braveheart so accurate. I think when you start watching a movie written by the Shakespeare you shouldn't expect a documentary on the life of Julius Caesar but a lyrical tale about ancient political Rome.

The photography was great, with its glorious Black and White footage.

Although the text can be offputting for some who are not at the least a bit interested in the language the Bard wrote in.

A must for Shakespeare fans.

8/10


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