90 Days of Oscar Nominees #74 – Julius Caesar (1953)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 74th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/ But in ourselves that we are underlings. ” – Cassius

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Video in 1990 and 14 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After his friends in the Senate start to suspect that he is gaining too much power, Julius Caesar trusts in his friends Brutus and Mark Anthony.

My Take on it – This is another Shakespearean adaptation that I had the pleasure of watching in school in 8th grade.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have never been a fan of Shakespeare’s plays largely due to my inability to fully understand most of his dialogue.

When I watched this film for the first time nearly 3 decades ago, I completely understood what was happening and even enjoyed it.

Rewatching it now was great too because I can clearly see how timeless such a story can truly be.

Apparently, politics hasn’t changed much since the time this story takes place and politicians never like ambition in others.

This film works really well showing us the way politics work in a very timeless fashion.

The cast is wonderful and I was actually intrigued seeing Marlon Brando as one of the leads since he usually mumbles his way through films and I wanted to see what he would do when given Shakespearean dialogue.

The dialogue here is very poignant and really is still relate-able even in the modern world we all live in.

Bottom Line – Excellent Shakespeare adaptation to the screen. Works really well showing how the politics of those days are not too far away from the ways of the modern world.  Shakespeare has some very poignant lines of dialogue in this film that truly are timeless. The cast is spectacular and surprisingly Brando does a wonderrful job as a Shakespearean actor despite his tendency to mumble his lines in most films. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Producer John Houseman had also produced a version of the play on Broadway in 1937 which had starred Orson Welles to great acclaim. The two had fallen out in the intervening years so Welles was never considered for the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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One thought on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #74 – Julius Caesar (1953)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1953 | MovieRob

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