Thursday, March 28, 2013


Original title: Cesare deve morire
In Italian with English subtitles

William Shakespeare (April 1564 – April 1616) was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. He married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and began a successful career in London as an actor, writer and co-owner of a company producing plays. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

His early plays were mainly comedies then he began writing tragedies and ultimately it was mostly romances at the end of his career. One of his best known tragedies is Julius Caesar. Based on actual events it portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator in 44BC and the consequences thereafter.

Salvator Striano: Brutus
Cosimo Rega: Cassius
Giovanni Arcuri: Caesar
Antonio Frasca: Mark Antony

The cast are not trained professionals and did not come together as a group because of their acting ability. Instead they are all criminals serving time in an Italian maximum security prison. However they do an admirable job as the film follows their rehearsals prior to the actual stage performance of Julius Caesar.

Clearly this will appeal to those who enjoy Shakespeare’s plays; others will probably take a pass.

for one scene of violence.

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