[tps_header]Julius Caesar (1953)[/tps_header]
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s play falls very much in line with tradition. With that said, the film somewhat represents a turning point in how Shakespeare could be performed on screen. All three of the main actors brought different styles to their performances that meshed the classic with the contemporary. Both James Mason and John Gielgud fall into classical portrayals of their respective roles. Mason portrayed Brutus as a stoic which explains why much of his role is internalized. John Gielgud’s approach to Cassius is the opposite of Mason’s and is a much more expressive performance. As surprising as it may seem, Marlon Brando is the one who steals the movie. His performance as Marc Antony served as a transitional role to show how a certified movie star could handle the complexities of Shakespeare.