Asterix and Obelix vs. Cesar

Background Information about the historical and literary background of the movie


Comedy based on the world-famous comic strip "Asterix and Obelix".by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Asterix and Obelix are fictional characters who lived in Brittany (North-Western France) during the time of the Roman conquest of France (around 50 B.C.) They opposed the Roman conquerors by whatever means were at their disposal, real and magical. 


Claude Zidi
Director, dialogogist, director of photography, producer, scenarist

Main Actors

Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni




105 min


bulletWhat were the Gauls like?
bulletWhat were the Romans like?
bulletGive an example of an ironic attitude towards the Gauls.
bulletGive an example of an ironic attitude towards the Romans.
bulletDid you detect other ironic aspects?
bulletThe name of the character played by Robert Benigni (of "Life is Beautiful" fame) is Detritus. Detritus means "garbage", "junk". Explain the name.
bulletThis is generally not considered a world-class film. Why?


Gérard Depardieu in "Astérix et Obélix"
Asterix the Gaul
The Roman Empire around 100 BC
The Roman Empire around 14 AD
The Roman Empire around 116 AD
The Northern Limit of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall



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