Cinema: Et Tu, Brando?

Last week Director Joe Mankiewicz (All About Eve, A Letter to Three Wives) finished shooting a $2,000,000 picture that takes a calculated risk of being a box-office flop. Julius Caesar is the first effort by M-G-M to film Shakespeare since Romeo and Juliet lost more than a quarter of a million dollars in 1936. Shakespeare is supposed to be box-office poison, but Mankiewicz and Producer John Houseman think they have a sure-fire script. Says Mankiewicz: "It's a good, rip-snorting piece of blood & thunder coupled with eternally new and true-for-today character studies."

The topnotch cast, most of whom worked for less than...

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