Caesar Must Die

CAESAR
Theaters & Showtimes
THEATERS
OPEN DATES
US PREMIERE New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NY,
9/29/12
New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NY,
9/30/12
New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, NY,
10/1/12
Mill Valley Film Festival/Mill Valley, CA
10/4/12
New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Francesca Beale Theater, NY,
10/8/12
Hawaii International Film Festival/Honolulu, HI
10/14/12
Garden Film Festival/Frankfort, MI
10/18/12
Philadelphia Film Society/Philadelphia, PA
10/19/12
Chicago International Film Festival/Chicago, IL
10/20/12
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival/Rehoboth Beach, DE
11/7/12
Cinema Arts Festival/Houston, TX
11/7/12
St. Louis International Film Festival/St. Louis, MO
11/8/12
Starz Denver Film Festival/Denver, CO
11/10/12
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas/New York, NY
2/6/13
Film Forum/New York, NY
2/6/13
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center/New Orleans, LA
2/15/13
Laemmle Royal/W. Los Angeles, CA
2/22/13
Sundance Sunset Cinemas/Los Angeles, CA
2/22/13
Laemmle’s Playhouse7 /Pasadena, CA
2/22/13
Cinema Village/New York, NY 2/22/13
Wexner Center for the Arts/Columbus, OH
3/1/13
Reel Art Ways/Hartford, CT
3/1/13
Laemmle’s Noho 7/N. Hollywood, CA
3/1/13
Detroit Film Theatre (Detroit Institute of Art)/Detroit, MI
3/8/13
Cine/Athens, GA
3/8/13
Loft Cinema/Tucson, AZ
3/15/13
Music Hall/Portsmouth, NH
3/15/13
Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival/Martha’s Vineyard, MA 3/17/13
Belmont Film World/Belmont, MA 3/18/13
Music Box/Chicago, IL 3/22/13
The Screen/Santa Fe, NM
3/29/13
Miami Beach Cinematheque/Miami Beach, FL 3/29/13
Hippodrome/Gainesville, FL 3/29/13
Lake Worth Playhouse/Lake Worth, FL
4/12/13
Circle Cinemas/Tulsa, OK
4/12/13
Michigan/Ann Arbor, MI
4/15/13
International Film Series U. of Colorado/Boulder, CO
4/16/13
South Bay Film Society/Torrance, CA
4/18/13
Grand/Tacoma, WA
4/23/13
Ojai Film Society/Ojai, CA
4/24/13
Lark/Larkspur, CA
4/25/13
Harvard Film Archive/Cambridge, MA
4/26/13
Amherst Cinema/Amherst, NY
4/26/13
Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton, FL
4/27/13
Rochester International Film Festival/Rochester, MN
4/27/13
St. Anthony Main/Minneapolis, MN
5/10/13
Saratoga Film Forum/Saratoga Springs, NY
5/23/13
Living Room Theatres/Portland, OR
5/24/13
Living Room Theatres/Boca Raton, FL
6/14/13
Strand/Georgetown, SC
8/17/13
National Gallery of Art/Washington, DC
8/30/13
International House/Philadelphia, PA
11/6/13

SYNOPSIS

The theater in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison. A performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has just ended amidst much applause.  The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells.

SIX MONTHS EARLIER

The warden and a theater director speak to the inmates about a new project, the staging of Julius Caesar in the prison. The first step is casting, a process both vivid and energetic. The second step is exploration of the text. Shakespeare’s universal language helps the inmate-actors to identify with their characters. The path is long and full of anxiety, hope and play. These are the feelings accompanying the inmates at night in their prison cells after each day of rehearsal.

Who is Giovanni who plays Caesar? Who is Salavtore-Brutus?  For which crimes have they been sentenced to prison? The film does not hide this.

The wonder and pride for the play do not always free the inmates from the exasperation of being incarcerated. Their angry confrontations put the show in danger. On the anticipated but feared day of opening night, the audience is numerous and diversified: inmates, actors, students, directors.

Julius Caesar is brought back to life but this time on a stage inside a prison. It’s a success.

The inmates return to their cells. Even ‘Cassius,’ one of the main characters, one of the best. He has been in prison for many years, but tonight his cell feels different, hostile. He remains still. Then he turns, looks into the camera and tells us: “Since I have known art, this cell has turned into a prison.”

Directors Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani

 


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