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1JCU, EN 245:ShakespeareProfessorConnellyPaper 4Mankiewicz and the Crowd:An Insight into Human BehaviorThe 1953 movie production of Julius Caesar, directed by Joseph LeoMankiewicz (IMDb), aims to bring to the film audiences the direct dramaticimpact of Shakespeare's play in all its simplicity and magnificence. Thanksto a great cast, which includes a young Marlon Brando in the role of MarkAnthony (IMDb), an outstanding James Mason in the role of Brutus (IMDb),and a superb Louis Calhern in the role of Julius Caesar (IMDb), Mankiewiczwants to highlight the importance of the crowd in relation to the singlecharacters.The importance of the crowd is emphasized from the very first minute;in fact, Mankiewicz decides to bring the attention on the crowd startingfrom the theatrical trailer. The trailer begins with the return of JuliusCaesar who is welcomed by an adoring throng; it continues with theincredulous crowd who rushes to see Caesar’s assassination, and it endswith the large armyfighting for Rome. Basing the trailer on the crowdscenes, Mankiewicz intends to draw the attention on its importance. In

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Term
Spring
Professor
Connely
Tags
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Marlon Brando, Mr Mankiewicz

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