William Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar

Date: 2009
Posted by: PeterVentresca
Credits: None
Cast: Marcus Simpson (Mark Antony)
Duration: 2.56

Shame about the spelling mistake in the on-screen title (and the YouTube page spells ‘monologue’ wrong as well), but this is an interesting take on Mark Antony’s ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’ speech simply by virtue of its background. Filmed at night outside a house, Antony’s words are accompanied by the incessant burr of crickets and passing traffic. The rendition is fine, the camera work uncertain (zooming in and out without much purpose) but it’s the strangeness that matters. Simpson (a drama student at Syracuse University) does not address the camera but an invisible crowd all about him – maybe the indifferent crickets and cars of American suburbia.

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