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Glories past
The minor films
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Julius Caesar on stage had been defined by the play's classicism, by its oratory, and by a perceived idealist treatment of its characters and subject matter. Charlton Heston's Mark Antony is, not surprisingly, the stand-out performance. He brings a refreshing sense of character to the film in moments such as his flippant damning of his nephew with a drop of wine in the proscription scene. With Heston looming so large over the production, it is tempting to read it in terms of the actor's own politics, but this is surprisingly tricky. Sarah Hatchuel credits Heston for his variety compared to Brando but gives the palm to Mankiewicz for his approach to cinematography. Between 1937 and 1996 the BBC aired an astonishing twelve different versions of Julius Caesar on television.

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