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Julius Caesar (1953) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by John Houseman.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorMarlon BrandoNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh HuntWon
Best CinematographyJoseph RuttenbergNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best PictureJohn Houseman, ProducerNominated

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1001 Classic Movies: Julius Caesar (1953)

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 3, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Julius Caesar (1953), starring Marlon Brando, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout April, I'll commemorate the 400th an... Read full article

Julius Caesar (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 12, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Julius Caesar Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Written by Joseph L Mankiewicz (uncredited) from the play by William Shakespeare 1953/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Julius Caesar is not my favorite of the Bard’s plays. ?The film is worth seeing, however, if only for Ma... Read full article

Julius Caesar

By Alyson on Apr 24, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Based on Shakespeare?s play, Julius Caesar tells the story of a group of Roman conspirators who plot to murder Caesar (Louis Calhern) before his ambition for power turns to tyranny. ?Brutus (James Mason) unites them under this cause for the greater good ofRome, but truthfully, Cassius (John Gielgud)... Read full article

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Brutus: Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar/ I have not slept./ Between the acting of a dreadful thing / And the first motion, all the interim is / Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream: / The Genius and the mortal instruments / Are then in council; and the state of man, / Like to a little kingdom, suffers then / The nature of an insurrection.

Julius Caesar: Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once.

Julius Caesar: [after being stabbed by Brutus] Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!

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The film's soundtrack was actually recorded in four-track stereo, although it had not been filmed in widescreen, but the movie was eventually released in mono. If it had been released in four-track stereo, this film, and not The Robe, which was made both in Cinemascope (a screen ratio of 2.55:1) and standard "Academy ratio" (1:37:1), would have been the first motion picture released using that method of recording. "Julius Caesar" was eventually released in stereo on laserdisc and DVD.
The one scene in the play involving Cinna the Poet, in which he is mistaken for Cinna the Conspirator and killed by the angry mob, was filmed but deleted before release.
The featurette on the DVD, "The Rise of Two Legends", is presented in anamorphic widescreen format (16:9), while the film itself is presented in its original standard "Academy format".
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