William Shakespeare's Julius Cæsar

William Shakespeare's Julius Cæsar

DVD - 2013
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Rome has become the mightiest empire the world has even known and Julius Caesar holds absolute dominion over the conquered world. But his jealous rivals in the Roman senate want his power. Led by Cassius and reluctantly joined by Brutus, the conspirators secretly plot to assassinate Caesar. Appalled by the murder of his mentor, Mark Antony declares war on Caesar's assassins and the empire is divided as the ruling forces ignite an epic war for honor, vengeance, and ultimate power.

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DUVIDL
Aug 24, 2018

I enjoyed it (Heston is a good Marc Antony, Sir Johnny an excellent Caesar (Natch!), and anytime ya get to see Chris Lee in dramatic action is always a good day.) The only problem - and it`s a lulu: WHO THE H#&& TOLD JASON ROBARDS JR. HE COULD DO SHAKESPEARE! OUCH! What really hurts about this cringing 'ouchie' is that this production nailed one particular item dead on - the one every other production misses - the one , in the latest stage version, the producers are ridiculing as Shakespeare`s 'stupidity': How does Marc Antony know who stabbed Caesar when if he wasn`t there (the producers laugh about what an obvious 'B.S' he is.) It`s simple: THE ASSASSINS DO IT IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE SENATE! Read Shakespeare`s brief stage direction and, especially Brutus`s assurances to 'the others'. How could Antony know what happened? The same way all of Rome immediately know...THE ENTIRE SENATE AND SERVANTS GO RUNNING OUT INTO THE STREETS, SCREAMING THE NEWS! Oh, and why did no one rush to help Caesar? Because, as a 'sanctuary' no one is expecting to witness such an obscene act inside the Senate (the only guards are outside of the building, posted at the doors.) And as the Senate is considered 'sanctuary' where all may safely plead their case, NO ONE ELSE IS ARMED!

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Jakerabbit01
Apr 04, 2016

yep

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1aa
Jan 29, 2015

Not as good as the 1954 version; the character of Brutus was played rather flat; Antony's funeral speech for Caesar was odd: quiet and intimate - how would the crowds have heard him?

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