Shakespeare Writing ‘Julius Caesar’ (1907), by the pioneer French filmmaker Georges Méliès, which includes in its ten-minute duration the assassination scene from the play, is one of the earliest screen versions of any Shakespeare; and the 1938 BBC Julius Caesar was the first full-length Shakespeare play ever broadcast on television. (The latter does not survive, of course, because television recording technology had not yet been invented.) Kenneth Rothwell lists fifteen screen versions of adaptations of the play altogether (Rothwell, pp. 342–3), of which the four most significant, all available on DVD or cassette, will be discussed here.
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