Caesar Must Die – 8

The power and brilliance of Shakespeare has never, for me, shone more brightly than in this semi-documentary of a prison production of Julias Caesar. Italian criminals brought a peculiar resonance to the depiction of Roman senators, and the fact that they looked like people I know (Richard Blake as Cassius?) made the message even more timeless and universal. What stood out were Shakespeare’s words and psychological insights. The dialogue and scenes that weren’t from the play came across as banal, which only made Shakespeare’s contribution stand out all the more. This stands alongside Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus as the best modern Shakespeare I have come across.

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