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Shakespeare's historical tragedy of the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, told in fifteen scenes.


Theodore A. Liebler Jr. (scenario) (as Liebler), William Shakespeare (play)


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Cast overview:
Charles Kent ... Julius Caesar
William Shea ... First Citizen
Maurice Costello
William V. Ranous ... Gaius Cassius
Florence Lawrence ... Calpurnia
Paul Panzer
Earle Williams ... Marcus Brutus


An elaborate production of Shakespeare's admirable play. Scene 1. Street in Rome. Casca and Trebonius upbraid the citizens for praising Caesar. Scene 2. The Forum. A soothsayer bids Caesar "beware of the ides of March." Scene 3. Mark Antony wins the race and "thrice he offers Caesar a crown." Scene 4. Cassius tempts Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar. Scene 5. Brutus' garden. Meeting of the conspirators. Scene 6. Caesar's palace. Calphurnia tells Caesar of her dream and begs him not to go to the senate. The conspirators enter, laugh at his fears, urge and got his consent to go. Scene 7. Street near Capitol. The soothsayer again warns Caesar. Scene 8. The Capitol. The assassination of Caesar. Scene 9. The Forum. Brutus addresses the mob. Antony enters with Caesar's body. Scene 10. Brutus' camp near Sardis. Cassius upbraids Brutus. Scene 11. Brutus' tent. Quarrel. Caesar's ghost. Scene 12. Plains of Phillipi. Armies of Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar and Brutus and Cassius. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

1 December 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Julius Caesar, an Historical Tragedy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One of plays by William Shakespeare adapted by the Vitagraph Company of America in 1908. The others were A Comedy of Errors (1908), Othello (1908), Macbeth (1908), Romeo and Juliet (1908), Richard III (1908), Antony and Cleopatra (1908) and The Merchant of Venice (1908). See more »


Version of Julius Caesar (1938) See more »

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The Vitagraph Company are aiming high
23 March 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A historical film of some interest. The action is weak, Caesar especially, but the staging seems to be as nearly correct as possible. Tt is. however, marred in some instances by weak photography and an attempt to tone the film some color other than black and white. It would have been much better if it had been left black and white. From the first scene to the death of Brutus the film is watched with eagerness, proving beyond question that almost any audience can be interested in this class of films. The Vitagraph Company are aiming high, and that alone is commendable. -- The Moving Picture World, December 5, 1908

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