February 6, 2013
Studio: Adopt Films
Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Copyright Holder: N/A
Neither documentary, nor fictional drama, "Caesar Must Die" is a brilliant mélange of the two by the renowned Taviani Brothers, best known to American audiences for "Padre Padrone" and "The Night of the Shooting Stars." The film was shot entirely in the maximum security block of Rome's Rebibbia prison, home to men serving long sentences for murder, drug-trafficking, and Mafia-related activities. Theater director Fabio Cavalli holds auditions for Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a play steeped in murder, conspiracy, and revenge, all of which resonate with his cast. Encouraged to speak in their native dialect, these tough guys have great flair for conveying theatrical angst and taking anger to its logical extreme. What could have been just a well-worn gimmick, becomes, in the Tavianis' hands, an eloquent, probing look at the real-life consequences of lies and betrayals among men who value power above all else.