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Caesar's former slave and banker discuss the emperor's career in ancient Rome

This free adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s unfinished novel The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar exemplifies Straub and Huillet’s attitudes to trans-European internationalism, featuring long, fixed shots from the seat of an Alfa Romeo driving through Rome alongside sequences of toga-clad German actors being “interviewed” about the rise of Caesar. Adopting Brecht’s sensibility – along with his text – in its distanced contrast between a decaying ancient Rome and a degenerating modern one, the film reminds us what happens to those who fail to learn from history.

  • DIRECTOR: Jean-Marie Straub
  • DIRECTOR: Danièle Huillet
  • Duration: 85 mins
  • Language: German with English subtitles
  • Date: 1972
  • Format: DCP, Colour
  • Courtesy: Belva
  • Source: Belva
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+ (Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)

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Event starts
Wednesday 13 December, 2017
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Wednesday 13 December, 2017
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Victoria, Melbourne

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