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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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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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Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: I, Clownius (1996) See more »

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Some rushes of the film that never happened, plus interviews
27 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary on the aborted I, Claudius (The Epic that Never Was) a long time ago and just watched it again. Much has been said on IMDb about the obvious ego of Herr von Sternberg and I agree, he didn't seem well liked, and he wasn't happy with how the production was going. I also agree that Merle Oberon's accident was used as an excuse to close down the production.

I do disagree with one thing. One of the problems, supposedly, was that Charles Laughton was having difficulty with the part. Despite some disbelief on this board, that is true. He used to put his head in the lap of his wife, Elsa Lanchester, and sob that he couldn't get it. And, as someone whose father was connected with the production states, there is footage of Laughton having temper tantrums. I'm sure that was out of frustration.

Nevertheless, I'm sure that Laughton would have gotten the essence of the role, and some of his Claudius on film is brilliant. There are some wonderful scenes in this documentary with him, Flora Robson, and Emlyn Williams.

Dirk Bogarde narrates this documentary, which includes interviews with the aforementioned von Sternberg, Emlyn Williams, Merle Oberon, Robert Graves, who wrote I, Claudius, and Flora Robson. The liveliest interview came from Williams, who was hilarious. He reports that von Sternberg told him that his character, Caligula, was a little bit of a "sissy." "I was happy to hear that," he said, "because I'd seen my costumes - two hostess gowns and a couple of cocktail numbers with false fringe." As far as I'm concerned, his interview made the whole documentary worth it.


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