Caesar Must Die
Caesar Must Die (2013)

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die deftly melds narrative and documentary in a transcendently powerful drama-within-a-drama. The film was made in Rome's Rebibbia Prison, where… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2013
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

It is almost an impertinence to think that we understand the thoughts of these actors and those in the audience who are relatives and friends. But this is the intriguing privilege that the Taviani brothers have given us.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There's an intensity and emotional accuracy to the performances that's just stunning, particularly Striano's Brutus, as he longs for death and release.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

The most gripping and brilliant Shakespeare production put on film since Laurence Olivier's Hamlet.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A film somewhere between documentary and neo-realist drama.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's an arresting, playful and moving film ...

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A double hybrid that occupies a space somewhere between documentary and fiction right along the border of cinema and theater.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

There's barely a wasted moment in the film, which runs a brisk 76 minutes and contains no female roles.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Prison theatricals are nothing new in the movies, but Caesar Must Die, a quasi-documentary featuring hardened convicts acting out Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, is in a class by itself.

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Jay Stone

A clever if sometimes mystifying, combination of documentary, invention and post-modernism.

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Carlos Magalhães
An interesting docufiction that is both an intelligent meta-narrative feat and an important record of a real production - the staging of Shakespeare in a… More
Walter M.
"Caesar Must Die" is not the name of a "Spartacus" spin-off.(which I'm also not entirely ruling out by the way) Rather, it is a… More
'Caesar Must Die'. A skillful blurring of documentary and scripted material in this meta, exploratory take on 'Julius Caesar'. I really… More
Byron Brubaker
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… More