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Directed by Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani

Italy 2012 77 mins. In Italian

Situated somewhere between the realms of documentary and drama, Caesar Must Die toys endlessly with the conventions of its genre, blurring the lines between the reality of its subjects and the characters they portray. Shot by famed Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Caesar Must Die stages Julius Caesar in and around a high-security wing in Rome’s Rebbibia prison and follows its inmates—convicted killers, thieves, and members of organized crime syndicates—as they mount Shakespeare’s enduring tale of betrayal and murder. As the rehearsals progress and the play unfolds, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which words are Shakespeare’s and which are the prisoners’. Filmed in a deeply evocative neorealist black and white, Caesar Must Die wisely avoids any cheap emotional catharsis and opts instead to hew as closely as possible to Shakespeare’s original text—resulting in a film that is powerful, unflinching, and deeply moving.  “[Caesar Must Die] ranks among the most involving adaptations of Shakespeare ever put on screen.”—Los Angeles Times. In Italian with English subtitles.

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