Thursday, 21 November 2013

Caesar Must Die (film)

In some ways, I find it incredible that people are still creating new work based on the four hundred year old scripts of William Shakespeare. I recently saw an American Much Ado About Nothing produced and directed by Joss Whedon and Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) is based on the Tragedy Of Julius Caesar. I often think that surely there must be enough other good stories written that this continual revisiting is unnecessary, but then along comes an adaptation that is different and exciting and that makes the works contemporary and relevant again.

The excitement surrounding Caesar Must Die suggests that this is one such production. Film critic Philip French wrote an interesting article for The Observer which should certainly convince any waverers to get themselves along to the Curzon for the screenings! Italian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani both wrote the screenplay and directed the film. A third Taviani, Giuliano, composed the music. The film is set in Rebbibia Prison, in Rome, and uses genuine prisoners as its cast. The men are rehearsing for a prison pproduction of Julius Caesar and we see their work from the initial casting to the final performance, the theatre blending with their real lives behind bars.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 4th Dec, times tbc.
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily).

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