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1,378 Ratings

Caesar Must Die

Cesare deve morire

Italy, 2012
  • Italian
  • English


The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; each one of the actors leaves the stage and returns to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia.

Our take

Part documentary, part ode to the power of art, and perhaps the most unconventional Shakespeare adaptation ever made, the Taviani brothers’ exquisite Caeser Must Die won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Caesar Must Die Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Golden Bear (Best Film)

2020 | On Transmission



European Film Awards

2012 | 4 nominations including: Audience Award

The film demonstrates the possibility for art to literally overcome even the most cruel of human institutions: it’s a touching testament to the emancipatory urgency of freedom.
April 25, 2018
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[The Taviani brothers] bring Shakespeare’s drama into sharp focus. At 77 minutes the movie contains only the most crucial scenes from Julius Caesar, yet the Tavianis condense the play expertly, revealing the essence of each major character. What doesn’t come through in the dialogue is expressed by the prisoners’ faces and bodies. Hardened by years in jail, the men embody the cunning, duplicity, and violent instinct of Shakespeare’s conspirators.
March 21, 2013
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Wryly humorous touches abound. Chided by Cavalli for slowness, Rega responds: “I’ve been here 20 years and you say let’s not waste time!”… The Tavianis hardly need to emphasise the relevance of the play as a whole to current Italian politics; that, they most likely feel, is a given.
March 08, 2013
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