Julius Caesar (1953)

Julius Caesar (1953)

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason

Fearing the rising power of Caesar following the defeat of Pompey, a faction of the Roman Senate plots his assassination.

Shakespeare is often seen as the barometer for a person's acting chops. The task of bringing Shakespeare to the silver screen is often a bit of a dicey prospect. This production of Julius Caesar avails itself well with a good cast, costuming and set design. James Mason delivers a fine performance as Brutus, but I need to give particular credit to Marlon Brando as Antony, who positively kills it with the "Friends, Romans, countrymen" soliloquy. If you're a Shakespeare fan, this is film adaptation worth seeing.

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