The life and times of the Roman emperor Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54).

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The life and times of the Roman emperor Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54).

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In this unfinished film, Charles Laughton plays the Roman emperor Claudius. In The Sign of the Cross (1932) he played Nero, Claudius' great-nephew, adopted son and successor. See more »

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According to "The Epic that Never Was", Director Josef von Sternberg asked the Costume Designer John Armstrong to prepare a briefing on the Vestal Virgins for him. Armstrong reported the factual details on the Virgins, that there were about six of them and that they dressed modestly. Von Sternberg told him that would not do for his picture, and instructed him to prepare sixty extras to be Vestal Virgins, in what appear to be bikinis, and Armstrong also provided each a semi-transparent circular veil to cover themselves. The resulting scene is quite striking and beautiful and fits in well with the film's intended "epic" proportions. But it is historically inaccurate, by order of the director. See more »

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Caligula: How wonderful to see you again, dear Uncle Claudius. I thought you were on your farm.
Claudius: I was or-or-
Caligula: You were or-or
Claudius: Ordered to attend.
Caligula: I hear you're teaching your pigs to read. Is that true?
Claudius: My pigs? Why?
Caligula: So as to have readers for all the Roman histories you write.
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Version of I, Claudius (1976) See more »

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Never seen it, neither has anyone else... Why does this have a rating?
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To those of you who have given this "film" a rating, shame on you. The film doesn't exist. It was never completed and therefore you could not have seen it.

The closest I or anyone else has come to seeing it is the documentary, The Epic That Never Was. It gave some very cool looks into the problems that plagued this film, most notably Laughton's inability to get into character and his numerous tantrums on set. It did not however show the entire film or even close to it. That's because only a small portion of the film was even shot.

So please, no more ratings for this movie.


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