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 Post subject: Julius Caesar (1950)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:11 am 
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Mark Anthony's oration after Caesar's assassination (I)



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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:58 am 
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Wow, that was terrific. Considering this was a semi-professional movie made by David Bradley in 1949, its in very good shape. Heston had an Epic Presence about him even back then, and did you all spot the young Jeffery Hunter as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:15 pm 
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Yeah, the performance of young Heston is wonderful. :applause:


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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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Amazing what presence and skills he had at such a young age.

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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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Its great that all this movie is now available to view on YouTube. Heston started his career on Broadway opposite Katherine Cornell in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, and made numerous visits back to Shakespeare territory in the following years. I used to write to Mr. Heston, and his replies always contained a quote from Shakespeare. He knew THE TEMPEST by heart and recited some of it at the Guildhall when he visited my home town of Lincoln in 1997.


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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:53 pm 
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Both Julius Caesar (1950) and Julius Caesar (1970) are also available in DVD!

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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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The Marlon Brando-version of Mark Antony is also available on Youtube. I grant that he's a powerful actor, too. But whenever I put his Antony side by side with Chuck's Antony, the latter simply stands out ! Brando makes Antony an anti-hero who wants to but cannot be a hero, and Chuck portrays him as a man who could be an anti-hero, but who transcends himself and becomes a hero.

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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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It's interesting to note that Marlon Brando received an Oscar nomination for his take on Mark Antony.

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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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Yes, because I think they were caught by the impression 'How well Brando shows it!' But the impression I had when watching The Chuck-version was different, 'Ay, this is Shakespeare's Antony indeed! How gracefully this man presents him!" Though there is a general assumption that Mark Antony's genius was 'rebuked' under Caesar, and rose to his own dignity and influential power only after his death. Well, but I feel that Shakespeare from the very beginning tries to show what spark is within the man... surely it can't come down upon Antony , immediately after Caesar's death, from the heavens! In Chuck's version of Antony, I can see that well. When he first appears, ready in his athlete's outfit, waiting with his arms crossed on his chest... it shows what promise he has. Even when Caesar looks for him, he steps forward, and says, "here, my lord", with full respect for Caesar, but not at all compromising his own strong individuality. Now, somebody may well deliver the same words like an obliged employee, but I feel(one may not agree with me) the very curtness of Shakespeare's words for Antony indicates his spirit. Again it's getting long... Perhaps I should start another thread for discussing Chuck's Shakespearian roles?

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 Post subject: Re: Julius Caesar (1950)
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Here's a link to the "SHAKESPEARECAESAR'S CHANNEL" at YouTube, where all the parts of JULIUS CAESAR are conveniently on one page; it's probably the best avenue to view the whole film on the internet: http://www.youtube.com/user/shakespearescaesar/videos

I finally watched the whole film a short while ago on DVD. I was familiar with how the first act was done (filmed around a library, its steps and so on) so I knew what to expect there, but I didn't know how the approach to the later battle scenes would be. I figured, since this was a very low budget ' amateur ' effort, there would be a lot of suggestion and talk of the battle, rather than showing much of anything; I was impressed with the way they (David Bradley and the actors) actually created the battle sequences and the use of location (outdoors, not a movie set) - it came across as a professional film in many respects and must have involved a lot of effort on everyone's part.

If you want to skip ahead to Part 8 and see young Heston in full battle mode - here it is:



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