The Taviani brothers are now in their 80s but this film may be their best since their award winning Padre Padrone in the 1970s.
It centres on the performance of Julius Caesar in a prison, rather like the Marat Sade play in an asylum. The prisoners play the crowd scenes and Mark Anthony’s reference to men of honour hits the mark.
The convicts are “liberated” by appearing in this play. Electrifying stuff in a taut, compact film that cuts out some of Shakespeare’s padding (the female roles have been cut for an obvious reason).
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