For those of us who still believe in the power of pure cinema—as opposed to Hollywood’s trashfest—take note: The great Taviani brothers, now in their eighties, have created a masterpiece with their version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, acted by real-honest-to-God inmates and staged within the walls of a maximum-security prison outside Rome. At 76 minutes, it takes your breath away with its humanity, guts, grit and grandeur. Winner of last year’s Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and this year’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, it officially opens stateside in February.
Film Find: Caesar Must Die
A take on Julius Caesar dazzles.