Julius Caesar

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(out of 5)


You wouldn’t think that ‘s mumbling Method acting would suit Shakespeare so well, but here’s evidence that given the right director (in this case, Joseph L. Mankiewicz slapping Brando around to get him to enunciate), it’s a possibility.  He is excellent as Marc Antony, the conflicted politician who must become leader of Rome after his beloved mentor, Julius Caesar is murdered by dissatisfied senators. One of Shakespeare’s most intellectual plays, its themes of political morality are fleshed out extremely well by Mankiewicz’s intelligent work and the fine cast, including  and .  The thankless women’s role are cast far higher than they deserve, with a breathtaking  making the most of her one major scene as Portia and  appearing quite sturdy as the paranoid Calpurnia. It features beautiful production design and costume work, plus a fabulous brand of baby oil that keeps Brando looking his hunka-hunka-burnin’-love-best throughout the entire thing.


USA, 1953

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the play by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1953


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