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Caesar Must Die Reviews

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February 14, 2016
A representação de um teatro clássico Shakesperiano dentro de uma prisão da Italia, onde a representação se mescla coma vida real dos presos.
Excelente obra dos irmãos Taviani em mais uma excelente sessão do cineclube Xícara da Silva!
November 2, 2015
This is so cool -- high security prison puts on Julius Caesar, and the actors are recognizing themselves in some of the scenes.
August 2, 2015
'Caesar Must Die' is a drama which unfolds within the physical confines of an actual Italian prison. Neither a full documentary nor a movie, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is reinterpreted by the real inmates of Rome's Rebibbia prison, who stage the historical episode of Caesar's assassination and its aftermath. By bringing into the story their personal existential wounds and future expectations, this docufiction explores in depth the inmates' internal conflicts and their yearning for some ultimate salvation. In one of the final lines of this transcendentally powerful drama-within-a-drama, one of the inmates opens up even further honestly telling us that "now that I have found art, this cell of mine looks like a prison." Moving and inspiring at the same time.
½ September 4, 2014
Like a box within a box, within a box. Prisoners with pretty serious sentences are doing a Shakespare play, that they will present as a theatric piece. They rehearse, they act, they plan - they really want to do this.

The interesting thing here are the real prisoners, with real emotions and real passion for this thing.
The Taviani brothers stated that they hoped that the viewers saw the prisoners for the humans they are. This semi-documentary, done in a high-security prison in Rome is well shot, lovely produced and got a great pace. It's not a second too short - this means it tends to be boring - hey, this is mostly inmates preparing for a theatrical show. In the end it was still deeply satisfying for me. Original, thought-provoking film with lovely photography. Touching, interesting and a nice film about theatre, freedom and prison.

7.5 out of 10 tyrannies.
August 2, 2014
Mesclando a ficção com o documentário (o que o aproxima do grande "Jogo de Cena", de Eduardo Coutinho), "César Deve Morrer" é uma brilhante e evocativa celebração ao poder redentor e transcendental da Arte, a qual, a despeito das segregações sócio-acadêmicas, revela-se muito mais próxima de nossas vidas do que antes imaginávamos.
Nesse caso, a obra de Shakespeare consegue ressoar de forma tão profunda na trajetória pessoal de cada um dos presidiários protagonistas, que estes, ao incorporarem os dramas e personagens de "Júlio César", encontram na peça uma via única de expressão, redenção e liberdade para suas almas marcadas pelo cativeiro (externo e interno). Desse modo, conferimos um interessante exemplo do poder transformador que a Arte exerce não só sobre diferentes histórias e realidades, mas também sobre ela mesma, haja vista as novas nuances e leituras que a própria peça de Shakespeare ganha ao longo dessa experiência no presídio - e tal dicotomia entre a independência espaço-temporal e a necessária relação da Arte com seus receptores físicos não deixa de ser outro fascinante objeto de observação.
Filmado em um evocativo preto e branco que culmina nas cores do clímax da apresentação final, "César Deve Morrer" nos presenteia com belíssimas e inspiradas passagens, sustentadas pelo uso inventivo do espaço presidiário e pela força das atuações do elenco principal (com destaque para Salvatore Striano, com seu atormentado Brutus). E se os momentos "verídicos" da projeção soam artificiais ou fracos, isso só demonstra o enorme (e mais expressivo) espaço que a Arte acabou ocupando na vida dessas pessoas - e, porque não, na vida dos expectadores.
½ April 9, 2014
You must like Shakespeare in order to enjoy this movie as the inmates act out the entire play. I thought the acting of the main character (Brutus) was excellent, the cinematography was great, and the ideas of freedom inside the prison, art created by criminals and how it affects them, the relationship between the strong emotions of the characters in the play vs those in reality and the play itself which is still relevant to this day made it very interesting, thought provoking and beautiful!
March 11, 2014
"It's an arresting, playful and moving film ..."
½ February 21, 2014
The Shakespeare's Julius Caesar represented by the inmates in a prison. A combination of documentary, theater and movie where the line between fiction and reality is not well defined but ambiguous and left to the viewer's interpretation.
January 20, 2014
Odkedy som sa zoznamil s umenim, tato cela sa premenila na vezenie
January 1, 2014
great review actors are presoners
½ December 29, 2013
Only if I had seen this with my HS reading of Julius Caesar! The black n white segment is much more interesting and intense than the color post-kill. The scene between Decius and Caesar in the prison cell is arrestingly powerful and rightfully cast! The Oz-like bearfest is also a nice touch as well!!
½ December 25, 2013
Julius "Counselor".

Kinda grasping for what to say about this slim 76-minute take on Shakespeare's timeless tragedy (one of my personal favorites) by celebrated Italian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, which here uses the conceit of having the performance workshopped by federal inmates. A sparsely developed, grimly neo-realist pseudo-documentary (though not without its often bleak beauty and impressive camerawork), "Caesar Must Die" has all the ambition of a high school stage reading, yet it manages to peer deeper into the incarcerated mindsets of cellmates doomed by society to play the part of prisoner, in the film's singularly cruel and ironic twist of fate.

This theme isn't always handled in the most subtle of ways -- a final sequence has a detainee blatantly addressing the camera to extol his poetic plight -- but for the most part "Caesar Must Die" is a deeply cutting satirization of the Roman penal system, and still yet one which doesn't skimp on the human toll that goes into keeping up appearances. (73/100)
½ November 30, 2013
Beautiful mix of documentary and fiction, all set along the plot of Julies ceasar. Fascinating mirror and claustrophobia of prison intensify the dramatic tension.
August 20, 2013
These damaged men give the most powerful performance of Julius Caesar.
½ July 17, 2013
the whole idea of prisoners re-enacting the play sounded good but i was disappointed.
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2013
I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. I loved it! It is partly in color and partly in black and white. It is not a straightforward production of Julius Caesar. It is about the theater process. The actors are real-life incarcerated Italian prisoners. We end up seeing an abbreviated version of the play, since time is spent reading between the lines. We watch some of the auditions. We watch the rehearsals. We watch a couple of the leads as they privately memorize their lines and sort out their characters' motivations. We watch the whole prison get excited for the magic of theater. And then in color, we see bits of the performance staged for the public. The aftermath is used as bookends, and while it doesn't make much sense at the start, it is heartbreaking at the end as we observe the impact theater had on these men who still face confinement. It is well shot and there are moments of tension as well as comedy. We learn in the closing credits that Giovanni Arcuri, who plays Caesar, and Cosimo Rega, who plays Cassius, have both written books. Cosimo was apparently profoundly affected by the experience. Salvatore Striano, who is excellent as Brutus, has since continued acting on stage and in four other feature films.
June 21, 2013
the idea itself is extreamly interesting so is the story while the acting does its magic on you, its a work of art...
½ April 28, 2013
"-¿Y tú, Bruto?¿También tú, Bruto? Entonces caiga, César-" Con un argumento a leguas conocido, Cesare Deve Morire es una adaptación libre del Julio César de Shakespeare en clave de documental con una interesante variación: Los actores son convictos en una prisión de máxima seguridad en Roma (la cárcel de Rebibbia para ser más exactos). El resultado es una magnífica puesta en escena (acaso una doble puesta en escena) orquestada magistralmente por los hermanos Paolo & Vittorio Taviani combinada con una excelente fotografía- - - Filme brutal de una fuerza dramática abrumadora y certera; en su fondo y forma un delicioso ejercicio de dirección de actores digno de todos los aplauzos. Belleza subliminal donde los criminales hacen de criminales en la ficción y en la realidad. O a la inversa. Joya!
April 18, 2013
A little Fellini - a touch of Bergman...a great portrayal of human spirit and joy set inside the dualism of immortality and imprisonment.
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