The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Dissipated lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
Edna May Oliver
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 Written by
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At the beginning two Generals are seen arriving at Rome by Chariot.The Roman Army of the 1st Centuary AD did not use chariots. See more »
[as Marcus enters]
As usual your entrance is proud and aloof.
I come proudly as fast as my hands and knees will carry me.
And as always, sardonic and unassailable.
So happily, so unassailable? I've never been so readily expertly vanquished in my life.
I believe everything except the word vanquished.
[Suggestively while taking wine]
I should like to vanquish you Marcus.
Like the spider who eats her mate when he is no longer a necessity?
Mmm-Hmmm - Something like that.
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Superb set and costume design. Ustinov outstanding.
I first saw this film as a re-run in 1964--on the big screen. Much is lost, I think, when viewing it on television. 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. Certainly, we don't see this style or quality of acting in newer films such as "Gladiator." I focus on the "Nero" character more than others because Ustinov was truly able to get inside the role, and appeared to stay very focused. Robert Taylor was fine in the movie, but his role could have been handled by nearly any leading man of the time. Ditto for Deborah Kerr. The remaining cast was very, very good. The set designs and costumes were sheer artistry and the score was effective and complimentary. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in spectacles and studying fine acting techniques (i.e., Ustinov's).
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