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Julius Caesar 1970 Movie 34

Julius Caesar 1970 Movie 34

Julius Caesar is a 1970 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name, directed by Stuart Burge. It stars Charlton Heston as Mark Antony, Jason Robards as Brutus, Richard Johnson as Cassius, John Gielgud as Caesar, Robert Vaughn as Casca, Richard Chamberlain as Octavius, and Diana Rigg as Portia.

The film was an independent production of Commonwealth United Entertainment, filmed in England and Spain. It is the first film version of the play made in colour. The film was shot primarily at MGM-British Studios and Pinewood Studios in England. The battle sequences were filmed on-location in Manzanares el Real, Spain.


The film follows the plot of Shakespeare's play, which depicts the conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and its aftermath. It is the story of the tragic downfall of Brutus, who joins the conspiracy for the sake of freedom and honour, but becomes entangled in a web of political intrigue and personal betrayal.

The film features a distinguished cast of actors, many of whom had previous experience with Shakespearean roles. John Gielgud and Charlton Heston had both appeared in previous film adaptations of Shakespeare's play; Gielgud played Cassius in the 1953 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Heston also played Mark Antony in a low-budget 1950 version. He would do so yet again, in a 1972 film version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, which Heston also directed. Jason Robards, who played Brutus, had considerable difficulties during production: frequently missing rehearsals, refusing to appear on horseback, and holding up the proceedings due to illness.

Julius Caesar 1970 Movie 34 is a rare edition of the film that includes a deleted scene featuring Peter Eyre as Cinna the poet, who is mistaken for Cinna the conspirator and killed by an angry mob. The scene was cut from the final film for unknown reasons, but it was restored in this version. The scene adds more depth to the theme of chaos and violence that follows Caesar's death, and shows how innocent people can become victims of political turmoil.

The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Some praised the performances, especially those of Gielgud and Heston, while others criticized the direction, editing and Robards' portrayal of Brutus. The film was also compared unfavourably to the 1953 version, which was considered more faithful to Shakespeare's text and more cinematic in style. The film was not a commercial success either, failing to recoup its budget at the box office.

Despite its flaws, Julius Caesar 1970 Movie 34 is a valuable piece of cinema history that offers a unique interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is a testament to the enduring power of Shakespeare's words and the timeless relevance of his themes. It is also a rare opportunity to see some of the finest actors of their generation in roles that challenge their talents and showcase their skills.


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