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Julius Caesar Audition Update

Postby Marcus Lupinius Paulus on Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:43 am

It was not to be this time. Well, perhaps another day...
At least my Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are free!

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Eheu!

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:11 am

That's too bad, indeed. As you said, perhaps later.

Wish you were over on this side of the country, Paule -- at least we could see Casear or Timon of Athens or another classically-driven Shakespeare play at one of the festivals.

Vale bene, etiam sine hac dramaticali copia!
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Postby Marcus Lupinius Paulus on Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:46 am

Oh, that would be cool! I have never read Timon of Athens. Any good?
I did see the movie version of Shakespeare's AWFUL 'Titus Andronicus' though.

An interesting topic; how would you, if you were wealthy enough to produce a movie of Julius Caesar, treat the play? The trend has been to put his plays in different historical contexts.

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Caesar, vel M. Iunii Brutii Tragoedia

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:12 am

Salve, Paule -

Yes, I would be haunted by the Mason-Gielgud-Brando b&w movie version; and you can see why, if for no other reason, producers/directors might want to re-stage it in a different time-period, just in order to disconnect it from some other wonderful production, to avoid simply aping what's already so well done. If I was charged to make such a elsewhere/elsewhen change of scene, I don't know what I'd do. (It would be fun to set it in Minas Tirith, in Tolkien's Gondor, replacing "Caesar" with "The Steward of Gondor" or an earlier king.)

If nothing else, I WOULD change the name to "the Tragedy of Marcus Iunius Brutus", since that's its real nature.

How about you? What was the new setting for the one you tried out for?

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Postby Marcus Lupinius Paulus on Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:14 am

The one I tried out for was to be set in the year 2044. Cassius was changed to a female role, who was once Brutus' lover before he married Portia.

I was unhappy with some of the script cuts I saw. Yes, some dialogue can and should be cut. But the great line, "The fault dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings" was cut.
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Postby Tarquinius Dionysius on Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:02 pm

Marcus Lupinius Paulus wrote:I did see the movie version of Shakespeare's AWFUL 'Titus Andronicus' though.

Did you mean to say the movie's awful, or the play?

Because I like the movie quite a bit. :)
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Postby Marcus Lupinius Paulus on Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:20 pm

I think the play itself is pretty bad. Andronicus could be said to be Shakespeare's attempt at a slasher/shocker. I did like some of the film though, especially at the neginning when Titus' army comes in.
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