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Quo Vadis
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Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis


Genres: History | Drama | Romance

Year: 1951

Country: USA

Director: Mervyn LeRoy / Anthony Mann

IMDb Rating: 7.20 (8,235)

Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia and falls in love with her. She is a Christian and doesn't want to have anything to do with a warrior. Though she grew up Roman, the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome. Marcus gets Emperor Nero to give her to him for services rendered. Lygia resents this, but somehow falls in love with Marcus anyway. Meanwhile Nero's atrocities get more outrageous. When he burns Rome and blames the Christians, Marcus goes off to save Lygia and her family. Nero captures them and all the Christians, and throws them to the lions. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>


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An outstanding film at its very best portraying the world of Rome as it existed two thousand years ago. For me the most interesting character was that of Petronius. I have watched them most of, no all of my life. Where is was filmed on location. It's a must see film. Even as one attempts to visualize the condition within that era and its tragic, envi, it still remains, as we see it, a terrible and treacherous chapter in our history of the world.Thank you Ronald Eck Add another review. Peter Ustinov's portrayal of the emperor Nero raises the bar for anyone else who is ever cast as an unbalanced and corrupt Roman emperor. Later the skeptical Marcus even rebukes Christian evangelist and philosopher Paul (Abraham Sofaer) of Tarsus (but not in the novel). Heartless Poppaea's solution? Just blame the Christians (two rabbis proposed this action in the book). There were 30,000 extras today they would be digital created.

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There is a fight in the Colosseum between giant Ursus (Buddy Baer) and a Cretan bull (in the book, a now-extinct aurochs ). In every way, Quo Vadis is a spectacular epic film. The story is a classic love one, set against the background of ancient Rome during the time of Nero and the emergence of Christianity. Nero fancies himself to be a excellent artiste. James Birx The best of stage quality theatrics adapted to film. The film's story concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman Lygia,played by Deborah Kerr, and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius,played by Robert Taylor.The love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero,played excellently by Peter Ustinov, who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Few will forget the burning of Rome, the coliseum events, and the marching of soldiers before Nero's palace. There are magnificent sets, awesome scenes, moving music, and many dramatic situations. Ustinov and Genn were nominated for academy awards, most deservedly, for best actor and best supporting actor respectively. I have watched them most of, no all of my life.

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As Lygia has the bloodlines of royalty and is actually an adopted daughter of a Roman general, she really would not be in a situation like a slave. But overall, Vinicus, despite his faults and personal struggles, is dedicated and deplores injustice and does not hate ordinary Roman people. They were tame zoo and circus animals and well feed. Nero's excesses are encouraged by the sycophant Sicilian Praetorian Prefect, Tigellinus (Ralph Truman), although they are somewhat moderated by the perceptive court flatterer Gaius Petronius (Leo Gunn). Heartless Poppaea's solution? Just blame the Christians (two rabbis proposed this action in the book). The cast is excellent, Deboral Kerr as the beautiful Lygia, Peter Ustinov who played the emperor Nero and Leo Genn who played, Guis Petronius Arbiter. Too bad they never made another film together; for instance, a modern drama.The story is a fantasy based on real times after Christ died. Petronius was non judgmental about his times, but at the same time saw them for what they were, decadent, corrupt and brutal but also excellent in it's laws, art and engineering feats. Hollywood doesn't or can't make films like this any longer, too expensive. But of course He was summoning Peter to his destiny; decades earlier the apostle had denied Christ thrice in Jerusalem.

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The lions who refused to come out into the arena because of the hot bright sun they squinted and went back inside to the cool shade. The acting, decidedly stage scripted and propped, might seem unnatural to the viewer of films which employ computer generated graphics, interlaced dialog, and fantastic action but the unique quality of a message of hope and valor portrayed on film as would be on stage is dramatically engulfing. How can Marcus find a way to save them, especially Lygia? Will Roman general Galba, head of the Roman legions in the north, now take the lead to end Nero's madness? Some nice scenes include a primitive Christian (Catholic) mass conducted in the Roman Catacombs by the Apostle Peter himself (in the book a cemetery was the setting). The tribune soon becomes lustful for the attractive Christian hostage, Lygia (Ligia, Deborah Kerr). We also learn about the origins of the phrase "Quo vadis Domine?" ("Where are you going, Lord?"). It's not just the wonderful story adapted from Sienkiewicz's novel Quo Vadis (which you should definetly read, because it is even better than the film), it's also the cast that makes this film unforgettable! Peter Ustinov, who plays Nero, absolutely captures the screen and is so convincing in his role of the crazy emperor that he totally mesmerises the audience. Taylor plays a Roman general and Deborah Kerr portrays a Christian lady that he falls in love with. Robert Taylor was fine in the film, but his role could have been handled by nearly any leading man of the time. In every way, Quo Vadis is a spectacular epic film. I promise you.

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"Quo Vadis?" is one of the better biblical films. Later the skeptical Marcus even rebukes Christian evangelist and philosopher Paul (Abraham Sofaer) of Tarsus (but not in the novel). It's not just the wonderful story adapted from Sienkiewicz's novel Quo Vadis (which you should definetly read, because it is even better than the film), it's also the cast that makes this film unforgettable! Peter Ustinov, who plays Nero, absolutely captures the screen and is so convincing in his role of the crazy emperor that he totally mesmerises the audience. Peter Ustinov, a scene-stealer, may have played his excellentest role as the unpredictable and later beleaguered emperor. We must take them to our breasts." Poppaea: (thinking about Marcus Vinicius) "Yes, my lord!" Nero orders Tigellinus to burn Rome; happily he sings while playing the lute (or lyre). Petronius was non judgmental about his times, but at the same time saw them for what they were, decadent, corrupt and brutal but also excellent in it's laws, art and engineering feats. I have watched them most of, no all of my life. Petronius is Marcus' uncle who advises his nephew to apply to Nero for a provincial governorship, but Marcus declines. Worldly - but not a scoundrel - Petronius is an historical figure who wrote the famous "Satyricon." Note the sardonic Petronius' use of wit and double entendre. It was marketed as a epic biblical move and it kicked off that style which would last till the mid 1960s, but it is also about ancient Rome.

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Her blue gown appears almost transparent when she is in the arena; it is quite revealing. One film I saw when it was released in 1951 was Quo Vadis, from the Latin, "where are you going." I have never forgotten it and it is a favorite of mine. It's not just the wonderful story adapted from Sienkiewicz's novel Quo Vadis (which you should definetly read, because it is even better than the film), it's also the cast that makes this film unforgettable! Peter Ustinov, who plays Nero, absolutely captures the screen and is so convincing in his role of the crazy emperor that he totally mesmerises the audience. I promise you. In the film, the setting is already 64 AD, and the events of the next four years are compressed into one. In fact many martyrs were indeed stripped of much clothing before execution. This film is absolutely brilliant, witty, exciting, etc. Behind Nero is his lustful wife Poppaea (Patricia Laffan), who knows the double entendre: Emperor Nero (as Marcus Vinicius and his Roman soldiers march by): "Come closer. The film does provide a good summary of what caused Nero's regime to collapse. During the 1950's, Hollywood made many biblical films.

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James Birx The best of stage quality theatrics adapted to film. The acting, decidedly stage scripted and propped, might seem unnatural to the viewer of films which employ computer generated graphics, interlaced dialog, and fantastic action but the unique quality of a message of hope and valor portrayed on film as would be on stage is dramatically engulfing. With some difficulty, Lygia successfully resists the Roman's advances although she is also physically attracted to him. We must take them to our breasts." Poppaea: (thinking about Marcus Vinicius) "Yes, my lord!" Nero orders Tigellinus to burn Rome; happily he sings while playing the lute (or lyre). Until Nero ordered him to kill himself. Robert Taylor made several action packed films; this is his best. The set designs and costumes were sheer artistry and the score was effective and complimentary. It's not just the wonderful story adapted from Sienkiewicz's novel Quo Vadis (which you should definetly read, because it is even better than the film), it's also the cast that makes this film unforgettable! Peter Ustinov, who plays Nero, absolutely captures the screen and is so convincing in his role of the crazy emperor that he totally mesmerises the audience. An unforeseen consequence is that the Roman mob becomes outraged and turns against the emperor. This film is absolutely brilliant, witty, exciting, etc.

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They made a lovely couple. In Nero's court is also the famous historical philosopher Seneca who is already falling from favor, as in the book. Nero, sick (insane?), is pitiful in death.HISTORICAL FACT: Despite Nero's murderous ways, the first part of his reign was successful as he left much control to competent advisers like Seneca. Nero's excesses are encouraged by the sycophant Sicilian Praetorian Prefect, Tigellinus (Ralph Truman), although they are somewhat moderated by the perceptive court flatterer Gaius Petronius (Leo Gunn). I have watched them most of, no all of my life. Later the skeptical Marcus even rebukes Christian evangelist and philosopher Paul (Abraham Sofaer) of Tarsus (but not in the novel). The set designs and costumes were sheer artistry and the score was effective and complimentary. For me the most interesting character was that of Petronius. Petronius may be a worldly flatterer, but he also exudes sympathy and pathos, especially when he is resigned to his fate. "Quo Vadis" is fairly well based upon Henryk Sienkiewicz's 1896 novel of the same name about first century Rome.

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In the film, the setting is already 64 AD, and the events of the next four years are compressed into one. An unforeseen consequence is that the Roman mob becomes outraged and turns against the emperor. Few will forget the burning of Rome, the coliseum events, and the marching of soldiers before Nero's palace. Peter Ustinov's portrayal of the emperor Nero raises the bar for anyone else who is ever cast as an unbalanced and corrupt Roman emperor. I join the overwhelming majority here, in appreciation of a superb piece of real film making, the like of which will never be seen again. There is a fight in the Colosseum between giant Ursus (Buddy Baer) and a Cretan bull (in the book, a now-extinct aurochs ). If you want to see what Hollywood was able to do when the focus was on quality, then watch Quo Vadis and enjoy the view!H. The supporting cast, headed by Leo Genn, is terrific. The rest of the cast is also excellent. Quo Vadis is an epic film made by MGM in Technicolor during the 1950's.The film stars Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov together with Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Felix Aylmer and Abraham Sofaer.It was adapted from Henryk Sienkiewicz's classic 1896 novel Quo Vadis.

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Until Nero ordered him to kill himself. Taylor plays a Roman general and Deborah Kerr portrays a Christian lady that he falls in love with. The remaining cast was very, very good. In every way, Quo Vadis is a spectacular epic film. But of course He was summoning Peter to his destiny; decades earlier the apostle had denied Christ thrice in Jerusalem. Enjoyed this film very much, and would like to see a modern effort to produce similar quality films without the producer(s) trying rehash a classic and, in doing so, destroying it with a spin on interpretation or the introduction of surrealist movement. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless – our unconquerable children. Underrated. Nero fancies himself to be a excellent artiste. There are modern films that use somewhat similar production methods such as "Troy" (2004/WarnerBros.) but the center of attention in such films puts more emphasis on the actors than the scene and message.

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Truly a excellent spectacle and worthy for any whom are interested in the early Christian existence in a barbaric and pagan world. Peter Ustinov gives a excellent performance as a frightening Nero. Nero's excesses are encouraged by the sycophant Sicilian Praetorian Prefect, Tigellinus (Ralph Truman), although they are somewhat moderated by the perceptive court flatterer Gaius Petronius (Leo Gunn). The answer is that the Lord was going to Rome to be crucified a second time. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless – our unconquerable children. Heartless Poppaea's solution? Just blame the Christians (two rabbis proposed this action in the book). Nero's reign did usher in the FIRST persecution (LOCAL) of the Christians. "The 300 Spartans" (1962/20thCenturyFox)is more stage like scripted but still shows a divergence from the style presented in "Quo Vadis". As Lygia has the bloodlines of royalty and is actually an adopted daughter of a Roman general, she really would not be in a situation like a slave. No more running! It was time to set an example that will eventually transform the entire Roman Empire! Rome, "The Eternal City," has a new destiny.

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Ustinov and Genn were nominated for academy awards, most deservedly, for best actor and best supporting actor respectively. Nero's reign did usher in the FIRST persecution (LOCAL) of the Christians. Mr. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless – our unconquerable children. Underrated. In every way, Quo Vadis is a spectacular epic film. One film I saw when it was released in 1951 was Quo Vadis, from the Latin, "where are you going." I have never forgotten it and it is a favorite of mine. Taylor plays a Roman general and Deborah Kerr portrays a Christian lady that he falls in love with. The lions who refused to come out into the arena because of the hot bright sun they squinted and went back inside to the cool shade. It's not just the wonderful story adapted from Sienkiewicz's novel Quo Vadis (which you should definetly read, because it is even better than the film), it's also the cast that makes this film unforgettable! Peter Ustinov, who plays Nero, absolutely captures the screen and is so convincing in his role of the crazy emperor that he totally mesmerises the audience.