Last night as we were getting started in my screenwriting class, Professor Hessler somehow got on the subject of the assassination of Julius Caesar. I think it had something to do with a history of art class he’s teaching, and he was referencing the Shakespeare play. Anyway, here’s what he said:
“I was thinking about Julius Caesar, and how Brutus just walked up to him and stabbed him in the capitol, and it occurred to me — what an elegant solution to our current problem.”
We all agreed, though it was unclear who in the current administration would have the guts to be Brutus. Someone suggested Cheney for Cassius, though I think he just wanted to sound smart by referencing another character from the play; Cheney as Cassius makes no sense to me. A little later in class the same guy wondered why there had never been a major film made from Julius Caesar. When I said, “What about the Brando version?” he gave me this blank look and said, “There’s a Brando version?”
Professor Hessler offered that the Brando version wasn’t very good, but come on — it wasn’t that great of a play to begin with, so I think the Brando version (which was nominated for a shitload of Oscars, and managed to win a few, not that that proves anything) is probably the best film we’re gonna get out of it. It’s no masterpiece, but it’s Brando doing Shakespeare, I’m not about to bitch.