Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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An adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, chronicling the events around the assassination of Julius Caesar.

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Nursebob
Nov 19, 2017

A cast of big name stars from both sides of the pond turn Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy and ambition in ancient Rome into a Hollywood epic. With several military victories under his belt, Julius Caesar (Louis Calhern) is basking in the adoration of his people. But a small clique of senators find his increasing popularity a threat to both themselves and to the Republic itself. Led by Cassius and Brutus (John Gielgud, James Mason) they plot Casesar’s death—but one person stands in the way of their bloody plans, Caesar’s right-hand man Mark Antony (Marlon Brando method acting his heart out). Eschewing Technicolor extravagance for the gritty realism of B&W, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s soundstage production is an effective mix of plywood props (borrowed from the set of "Quo Vadis") and painted backdrops with wind machines, lightning effects, and a thousand toga-wearing extras. Everyone delivers their lines with classical flourish despite mismatched accents which range from Gielgud’s clipped British staccato to Brando’s lisping mumble, and a seasoned supporting cast round out the story especially Greer Garson as Caesar’s concerned wife Calpurnia, and Edmond O’Brien as fellow conspirator Casca.

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patch666
May 02, 2017

Absolutely brilliant acting!!!! Brando is ASTONISHING. Charismatic he is a true legend and one of his greatest roles ever. The dialogue by Shakespeare is not bad either 420

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1aa
Jan 13, 2015

A great film version of the play. There is an error in the transcription for the subtitles: they write "prescription" when the word "proscription" is uttered.

aaa5756 Nov 29, 2013

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2013

Sir John Gielgud was brilliant as Cassius; the man had chops. Stella(r) performance from Marlon, also. And James Mason was no slouch, either. I think Mankiewicz should've tried to get MGM to spring for Technicolor on this one, though. I feel it would've breathed a little more vibrancy into it (and I'm a huge b&w fan).

gmaulucci Jul 28, 2012

A must see just for Marlon Brando's performance. Nice restoration with crystal clear black and white.

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swyckl
Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Good history. Well presented.

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cag1029
Jan 09, 2012

Excellent

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aaa5756 Nov 29, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Nov 29, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2013

Julius Caesar: "Cowards die many times before their deaths... The valiant never taste of death but once."

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2013

Cassius: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings."

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2013

Julius Caesar: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!"

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2013

Marc Antony: "Friends... Romans... countrymen... lend me your ears... I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them... The good is oft interred with their bones... So let it be with Caesar."

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