Sunday, August 10, 2014

Buy It: "I Claudius"

Claudius, a “halfwit” with a stumble and a stutter, is the least respected, most ignored member of Caesar Augustus’ family. This is both a curse and a blessing. This is Claudius’ own story, which he is writing at the end of his life, as the aging Emperor of Rome. This acclaimed BBC series is based on the books by Robert Gaves, "I, Claudius" and "Claudius The God”, both of which are fictionalized accounts based on the actual life of Emperor Claudius, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy. It features outstanding performances from everyone, including Derek Jacobi as Claudius and John Hurt as Caligula.

I plan on covering "I, Claudius" next Spring in my new podcast, Disability.TV.

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