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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Four Views of Caesar (1964)

TitleFour Views of Caesar
Release LocationsGB
MediumBlack & white video
Length23 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsJulius Caesar (documentary)


According to the distributor's description, this program is comprised of "four excellently staged playlets" in which there are seen "four profiles of Caesar as he was seen by four great men. The first is Caesar himself, and Caesar saw himself as a just and humane man. The second is the biographer, Plutarch, who saw Caesar as a great soldier and wily politician attempting to make himself king. The third is William Shakespeare, who saw Caesar as a pompous tyrant. The fourth is George Bernard Shaw, who saw Caesar as a wise and disenchanted old man. But which is the real Caesar? The film will provide students with an informative and provocative experience, one that will motivate them towards a greater appreciation and understanding of the literary art" (BFA Educational Media)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Company Overview

Producer CBS/TV

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell