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Charles Laughton, despite giving a splendid performance, had a great deal of difficulty getting into the role, and director Josef von Sternberg was not very sympathetic or helpful. So when co-star Merle Oberon was injured in a car crash during filming, he used it as an excuse to abandon the film, which was nowhere near completion. All the filmed footage survives, however. 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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Claudius: Caligula was murdered. He ruled by force, but a state such as I hope to establish cannot condone murder. For violence is an enemy to justice. And in the name of justice, I call upon the murderers of Caligula to step forward.
Capt. of Caligula's Guard: We killed a tyrant, Caesar.
Claudius: But you broke your solemn oaths as Roman soldiers, to protect your Emperor. You didn't strike for your country. You killed in the name of your own private grudges. I was with you Cassius, when the tyrant kicked you, but you were not content with ...
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29 November 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

I am a serious fan of Robert Graves' books, the BBC series, and pretty much anything else I can devour about the era of the great Roman Emperors. Every time I rewatch the series (about twice a year), I absolutely MUST watch the documentary about this movie also. I find it quite fascinating, and am left with an unfulfilled longing to watch the entire movie. This is a totally EMOTIONAL response to the documentary, and has absolutely nothing to do with any controversy over the production, which IMHO is exactly what filmmakers want - an EMOTIONAL RESPONSE. Of course the clips we get to see have flaws, have you ever seen unfinished parts of a movie that didn't? (Or even a FINISHED movie, for that matter) I personally believe it is a shame they had someone like von Sternberg involved instead of a director that really cared about the project and was willing to do it justice. Think about it... The director is pretty much the backbone of a movie. If he comes in with the attitude that he's not happy with anything, how can anyone else be happy about what they are doing? I think it had as much potential of becoming a phenomenon as the BBC series.


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