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Julius Caesar [VHS] [1953]

3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien
  • Format: Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CLJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz directs this opulent adaptation of Shakespeare's historical drama. Caesar (Louis Calhern), leader of Rome, struggles to maintain his power base against the political manoeuvrings of his senators. His position is doubly threatened by the fact that his former friend and ally, Marc Antony (Marlon Brando), has turned against him.

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An examination of the relationship between political power and personal conscience, Joseph Mankiewicz's Julius Caesar is a solidly acted spectacle presented in classical, traditional form. Julius Caesar reveals its characters to be divided, complex, and contradictory--and therefore all the more human. The acting here is a veritable masterclass for aspiring thesps. As the opportunistic Marc Antony, Marlon Brando delivers the famous funeral speech with pure conviction, elsewhere casting an intense physicality that recalls his work as Stan in A Streetcar Named Desire. James Mason suggests a latent Hamlet in his turn as the honourable Brutus, while John Gielgud is positively serpentine as the lean, hungry Cassius. Louis Calhern invests Caesar with intelligence and edgy noir echoes carried over from his performance in The Asphalt Jungle (1950). Director Mankiewicz astutely balances the Renaissance view of Caesar as a power-obsessed, corrupt tyrant destined for punishment with modern suggestions that his murder may have been ill-advised. With its dark alleyways and complex hues of grey, this Julius Caesar at times owes more to Double Indemnity than Laurence Olivier. The director's scrupulous, pellucid pacing---supported in no small measure by Miklos Rozsa's stunning score--is the perfect complement for the screenplay's sophisticated, frieze-like structure. At film's end, power itself is without a master, and the spirit of Caesar has been left unrevived: and to Mankiewicz's credit, the latter is revealed to be the true tragedy of Julius Caesar.--Kevin Mulhall


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