Caesar Must Die


Backstage with the Tavianis

The tragic machinations of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar are given additional potency in this Golden Bear winner, a fierce fusion of real life and drama that explores how a behind-bars staging of the play impacts on the psychological make-up of an Italian prison’s inmates.

Spotting parallels with their own pasts in the characters they are playing, the jailbirds enjoy a temporary release through their brush with art.

The result is not only one of the best recent takes on the Bard, but also a highbrow cousin of sorts to The Shawshank Redemption.

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