Ides of March

Dir: George Clooney US 2011 Cert 15 100 mins

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The Ides of March is George Clooney‘s fourth film as director and his second dealing specifically with politics, and his career as a publicly engaged film-maker now inevitably invites comparison with that of Robert Redford. Goodnight, and Good Luck, Clooney’s movie about ethical communications and the confrontation in 1953 between liberal broadcaster Ed Murrow and witch-hunting cold warrior Joe McCarthy, is his equivalent of Quiz Show, Redford’s movie on burgeoning corruption in the media in the 1950s. The Ides of March is his version of The Candidate, Redford’s 1972 picture about democratic politics and the sacrifices and compromises involved in winning elections. The title from Plutarch and Shakespeare is intended to make us think about the scheming and backstabbing that accompanied the assassination of Julius Caesar on 15 March 44BC, and perhaps to suggest that things were ever thus. (Philip French The Observer)

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