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Quo Vadis? ()

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featuring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan

Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Part of Nero's master plan is the elimination of the Christian "threat," leading to the climactic lion picnics in the arena. In spite of the many more celebrated highlights (the burning of Rome, the rescue of Lygia [Deborah Kerr] from a rampaging bull, the upside-down crucifixion of Simon Peter), the scene that remains most vivid in the memory is the posthumous "final insult" delivered to Nero by his contemptuous former aide Petronius (Leo Genn). Sophia Loren can be briefly spotted as an extra during one of the crowd scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
JOHANS

A Visual and Inspiring Masterpiece

by JOHANS on May 29, 2011

Quo Vadis is latin for: Where are you heading to ? This 1951 Pacesetter in vivid colour had eight Oscar nominations and led the way to all the other Roman (or Sandal & Sword) epics to come. Actors Leo Genn, and Peter Ustinov are simply brilliant and worth seeing onece a year as a change of pace from the usual computer-enhanced, violence-filled movies of today !

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mehaul

The Epitome of Epics

by mehaul on Oct 17, 2010

This is the one all the rest are trying to better. "Ben-Hur" and chariot race? This has that and more: Nero gone mad; the burning of Rome; Chritians and lions; Christians and burning at the stake; hundreds of trumpeters; thousands of extras; authentic costumes; sets; dialogue romance and heartache;betrayal. All the subplot themes are covered The DVD extras present a historical look at how this plays against the rest and gives an indepth chronicling of the twenty odd years it took to get it made. There is a dubbed commentary by a knowledgable film historian. The two disc set has been digitally remastered so the visual quality does not seem like it is from a sixty year old work.

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