Caesar Must Die
dir. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 2012, 35mm, Italian with English subtitles, 76 min.
The theater in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison: a performance of
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has just ended amidst much applause. The lights dim on the
actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to
their cells. Six months earlier: the warden and a theater director speak to the
inmates about a new project, the staging of Julius Caesar in the prison. The first step is casting, a process both vivid
and energetic. The second step is exploration of the text. Shakespeare’s
universal language helps the inmate-actors to identify with their characters.
Caesar Must Die was the winner of the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin
International Film Festival and was also selected as the Italian entry for Best
Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.