Review: ‘Julius Caesar’

This stab at Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a drama of political intrigue, corruption, ambition, envy, rhetoric and conspiratorial cunning, is disappointing.

This stab at Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a drama of political intrigue, corruption, ambition, envy, rhetoric and conspiratorial cunning, is disappointing.

Under Stuart Burge’s firm direction the highspots are brought out effectively but the backgrounds and crowd sequences are stagey and lack the passion and abandon needed to project the star scenes.

Biggest disappointment is Jason Robards’ Brutus. He rarely suggests ‘the noblest Roman of them all’ and his delivery of Shakespeare’s verse is flat, uninspired and totally dull.

John Gielgud in the significant but smallish title role, is probably the one that comes nearest to true Shakespearian thesping.

Charlton Heston makes a praiseworthy stab at Mark Antony, giving the role a dominating power.

Julius Caesar

UK

Production

Commonwealth United. Director Stuart Burge; Producer Peter Snell; Screenplay Robert Furnival; Camera Ken Higgins; Editor Eric Boyd Perkins; Music Michael Lewis; Art Director Julia Trevelyan Oman

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 117 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Jason Robards John Gielgud Richard Johnson Robert Vaughn Richard Chamberlain

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