Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By the Gods!

Caesar (Cameron Mitchell) recites a special letter to be written down in CAESAR THE CONQUEROR (1962)

I like scenes like this one. The day to day activities of life and work in ancient Rome. In this scene, Caesar is dictating a letter to a lover, which sorta embarrass the men taking note. If I'm correct they were called Amanuensis. Good film. Some find it underwhelming but I like the simple approach to the story. Not everything needs to be epic. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just saw this film. In this impressive scene Caesar is actually dictating three separate documents to three different scribes at the same time, going consecutively from one to another and back again:

1. A letter to Gaius Oppius, a friend : "Julius Caesar to Gaius Oppius. Greetings. Your reply has given me much joy. ..."

2. An intimately personal letter to Calpurnia, his wife : "My faithful Calpurnia. I greet you with love and affection. I too feel empty and wanting after this long separation. ..."

3. His "Commentaries on the Gallic War" which begins: All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called “Celts,” in our language “Gauls,” the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws.