It’s often the way that when you live near a tourist destination you tend not to visit those places yourself. I’ve lived near Cambridge for a long time but I’ve never done the College tours, the open top bus nor the ghost walk, I’ve only been on a punt once and that was last year. Oh, I’ve seen the spring bulbs along the Backs, but it’s a pitiful effort when we’re talking about one of the world’s loveliest cities. Much as I love Cambridge, for me it’s been a place of work or retail rather than a leisure choice, except for the Arts Picturehouse, the best cinema in the region. So I started a new regime – to get along to some of the city sights that I have so far neglected.
Caesar Must Die, 2011, directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, winner 2012 Golden Bear at Berlin.
On the face of it Caesar Must Die might seem a little off-putting: a docu-drama about a bunch of inmates in an maximum security prison in Rome who stage a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Interested? Being a devotee of both theatre and film I must admit to thinking (hoping?) it might actually be close to movie heaven – and, for me, it is. This astonishing film is a gripping, tender, enlightening and optimistic exploration of the power of creativity, especially of theatre, and of the timeless themes of loyalty and integrity that make Shakespeare’s work so relevant to now.