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Sunday, 30 September 2012

The New York Film Festival gives us its first masterpiece.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

From the opening titles of red on a white screen I knew that I was about to be told a story as only Paulo and Vittorio Taviani could tell it. CAESAR MUST DIE is set in the theater in Rome's Rebibbia Prison. A performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has just ended amidst much applause.  The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells. The story then takes us back six months to the audition process which we watch as the inmate-actors identify with their characters in ways specific to their diverse dialects, origins and crimes. We meet them and thier crimes head on. The film ends as the actor playing 'Cassius' one of the main characters who has been in prison many turns and looks into the camera and tells us, “Since I have known art, this cell has turned into a prison.” This is filmmaking as only The New York Film Festival can deliver. Just a note, I was first introduced to the work of the Taviani brothers in 1977 at NYFF's screening of Padre Padrone. This is a festival that clearly loves film. They have created a wonderful family.




Paulo and Vittorio Taviani

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Loving your reports. xxxxD We miss you in Paris but happy to read you from NYC.

Posted by: DP | Sep 30, 2012 8:20:00 PM

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