MFAH | FRI NOV 9 | 7:30 PM
Director: Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani
Cinematographer: Simone Zampagni
Screenwriter: Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani
Editor: Roberto Perpignani
Composer: Giuliano Taviani and Carmelo Travia
Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri
Running time: 76 min.
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear, Caesar Must Die is the latest offering from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Inventive and beautifully composed, the film centers on a prison production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Like many films of its kind, we journey from auditions to rehearsals to the actual performance on stage. What sets the cast of this play apart, however, is that it consists entirely of inmates from Rebibbia Prison in Rome. The actors are all criminals convicted of murder, drug trafficking and other serious crimes.
Shakespeare’s themes of power, loyalty, betrayal, honor and revenge infuse the play, but also the film. The complex connection between life and art is ever present, and as the inmates get deeper into the production, they begin to recognize personal failures and successes, bringing new meaning to many of their lives.
Described as “humane, intelligent and affecting” by Time Out London, Caesar Must Die is considered one of the Tavianis’ most significant films to date. The brothers have created a captivating work, resonant with tragedy and triumph.