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Siskoid

1953's MGM production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar feels rather old-fashioned and consequently doesn't stick too firmly in the mind. The large Roman sets are a highlight, and some of the leads give strong performances, but the direction is a little dull, and the story seems to crash to a halt rather suddenly. I don't normally take issue with American actors in Shakespeare, but sometimes the mish-mash of accents can be distracting; so it is here. But James Mason is sympathetic and watchable as Brutus, and Marlon Brando's Marc Anthony gets all the big moments he deserves and knocks them out of the park (at the time, this was completely against type, as he'd always played naturalistic mumblers and grunters). John Gielgud is Cassius, so you know the character is in good hands. I'm not sure Louis Calhern necessarily gives me something interesting with Caesar himself though. In any case, performances aside, this production hits all the necessary beats, but never wows me.
4 years 5 months ago
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armyofshadows

great performance from Brando; very good adaptation
10 years 12 months ago
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ucuruju

Brando absolutely nails the most passive-aggressive, manipulative speech in all of Shakespeare. The rest of the cast are very good too-- to a certain extent the real MVPs are Mason and Gielgud-- it's just that Marc Anthony gets the play's best moment. Visually it's a bit too nondescript. Willy doesn't need much help to grab our attention but Mank could've done more. I enjoyed it overall.
4 months 3 weeks ago
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corchap

As much as I like the character of Cleopatra, I think the story is stronger for excluding her. She is so dynamic that she pulls focus whereas here the focus stays on the betrayal
2 years 3 months ago
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Dieguito

Good cast and story but it seems like a low cost movie with a very low budget for an epic
10 years 4 months ago
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