I, Claudius (1976)

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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

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An adaptation of Robert Graves' 1934 novel, which illustrates the political maneuvering around the fourth emperor of Rome.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Emlyn Williams
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 Claudius (13 episodes, 1976)
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 Tiberius (10 episodes, 1976)
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 Antonia (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Livia (8 episodes, 1976)
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 Augustus (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Herod Agrippa / ... (6 episodes, 1976)
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The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus' attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius' own troubled period of rule. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.

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Drama | History

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6 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Yo, Claudio  »

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(13 parts) | (DVD) (13 episodes)

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John Hurt (Caligula) plays the great-grandson of Siân Phillips (Livia), who is only six and a half years his senior. In reality, Livia was already 69 years old when Caligula was born in 12 AD. See more »

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In the Senate chamber, the famous statue of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf appears above the door. But the two children were actually added to the statue in the 15th century. See more »

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[On Marcellus' death]
Antonia: It's not fair to accuse Livia of things without any proof.
Julia: Why shouldn't I? She accuses *ME* of things without proof.
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Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997) See more »

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How can I even begin to comment on this series....
27 July 2004 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

....When so many people have done a better job than I ever could?

When I rented this on video, a few years ago, my mother (who has passed away since) commented on how she would watch this back in the 70's, absolutely fascinated by it. I'd rented it because I'd seen it during its replay in the 80's, and was equally fascinated. It was rare to see a historical drama with so much lurid character detail.

What fascinates me today is the sheer number of character actors who appear in it.... Most of which were little known then but have since gone on to become better-known. Everyone from Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Sian Phillips, George Baker, Patrick Stewart and John Rhys-Davies to lesser-known actors like Kevin Stoney, Bernard Hill, Christopher Guard, Fiona Walker, Stratford Johns, Sam Dastor, Guy Siner, Darien Angadi, James Bree, George Pravda, Simon MacCorkindale, Sheila Ruskin, Bruce Purchase and Denis Carey. And they were _all_ good, no matter how small their roles were. Where the Brits find actors of this caliber, I'll never know.


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