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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Director Thorold Dickinson planned to utilize footage from this project in "The Denham Studio Mystery", a proposed sequel to his film The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939). The film was never made, 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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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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Laughton Clearly A Mortal Actor
3 November 2000 | by (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

I would concur with the assessment of how production was going. The documentary is now included in the BBC production's boxed set. It's clear from the rushes that the film was in trouble, and that Laughton was not having any success developing the character. Also telling was the interview with Korda from 1966 which shows that even 30 years later, he still did not like Laughton one whit. Given Derek Jacobi's brilliant performance in the BBC miniseries, I doubt anyone will ever try to tackle the project again.


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