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Imperium: Augustus -- Caesar Augustus (O'Toole) tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia (Belvedere) following the death of her husband Agrippa (Duken).


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Writer (WGA):
Eric Lerner (written by)
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30 November 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Roger Young 
Writing credits
Eric Lerner (written by)

Produced by
Luca Bernabei .... producer
Matilde Bernabei .... producer
Ferdinand Dohna .... producer: EOS
Salvatore Morello .... executive producer
Corrado Trionfera .... line producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Galasso 
Film Editing by
Alessandro Lucidi 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
Cornelia von Braun 
Jeremy Zimmermann 
Production Design by
Carmelo Agate 
Set Decoration by
Titus Vossberg 
Costume Design by
Paolo Scalabrino 
Makeup Department
Jana Carboni .... makeup artist
Elisabetta De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
Marcelle Genovese .... hair stylist
Federico Laurenti .... key makeup artist
Alberto Moccia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Franco Casellato .... post-production supervisor
Rosario Ranieri .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergio Ercolessi .... first assistant director
Corrado Meotti .... first assistant director: second unit
Corrado Meotti .... second assistant director
Franco Maria Salamon .... second unit director
Bojana Sutic .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Andrea Di Palma .... assistant production designer
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Alessandro Checcacci .... sound re-recording mixer
Marco Giacomelli .... sound editor
Andrea Moser .... sound mixer
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Pasquale Catalano .... special effects
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects technician
Edmondo Natali .... special effects coordinator
Fabio Traversari .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects
Salvo Severino .... visual effects
Nicola Sganga .... visual effects
Giuseppe Squillaci .... visual effects supervisor: Proxima
Giuseppe Tagliavini .... digital artist
Paolo Antonini .... stunts
Mauro Aversano .... stunts
Federico Benvenuti .... stunts
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt camera vehicle assistant
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Daniele Chiofalo .... stunts
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt rider
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt wrangler
Riccardo Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Giordano De Blasis .... electrician
Cristiano Natalucci .... focus puller: "a" camera
Casting Department
Fabiola Banzi .... casting: Italy
Alex Pisani .... extras casting
Cornelia von Braun .... casting: Germany
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting: English
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stefano De Nardis .... assistant costume designer
Marco Fantoni .... set costumer
Ali Lammari .... set costumer
Maurizio Torti .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Valentina Mariani .... assistant editor
Ivan Tozzi .... on-line editor
Music Department
Maurizio Abeni .... orchestrator (2003)
Transportation Department
Faysal Methamem .... transportation manager
Other crew
Giorgio Antonini .... sword master
Carlo Antonioni .... horse master
Francesco Arlanch .... story editor
Lucia Ceresa .... production assistant
Mirko D'Angeli .... production secretary
Ivana Kastratovic .... production coordinator
Fernando Muraca .... story editor
Marco Olivieri .... location manager
Paola Sangiovanni .... script supervisor
Laura Vergelli .... dialogue adaptor

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Also Known As:
"Augustus" - Australia (DVD box title), USA (video title)
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Rated R for some war violence (DVD and VHS)
200 min | Argentina:180 min | USA:178 min | UK:177 min (cut) | Spain:161 min (DVD edition)
Australia:M | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | UK:15 (DVD release) | UK:12 (cut UK version) | UK:15 (uncut) | USA:R (DVD and VHS)

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As part of the contract deal, the British and Italian companies hired actors and actresses from each of the countries that put money into the making of the film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Agrippa, Octavius and Maecenas are hiding in a fish cart, someone taps the side on the cart so they know when to climb out but Agrippa tells Maecenas to hurry before they're seen. As they are climbing out, two crew members can be seen holding the sides still to stop the three men falling over.See more »
Julia:Have I ever been anything more to you then a instrument to fulfill your destiny.
Augustus:I have never loved anyone in my life as much as I love you.
Julia:Then why are you taking my life away from me?
Augustus:Julia, I want you to be happy, but you have to remember that you aren't just my daughter; you are the daughter of the Empire. As Rome's princess, your body and soul belongs to state, and the state is the body of world - if Rome falls, civilization falls!
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Let The Emperor Speak:, 14 July 2006
Author: sophie_lou21 from U.K, England

AUGUSTUS isn't the best it could be, lacking the historical accuracy that previous reviewers have been kicking a screaming about; it is because of the pointless stereotypical Julia, who is always made out to be a villain and Augustus a wounded. However, the tales of Augustus daughter Julia are mainly made of rumours, the likelihood she was a prostitute is slim and chances are Iullus was one of her only, if not only, lover. Read your historical notes and what historians say today, chances are you'll find her in a new light. AUGUSTUS shows Julia as the wounded daughter she was; mistreated and thrown around just for her father's own delights. When you consider that he treated her like that and that she had a father who led a far kinkier and scandalous sex life, is it any wonder his daughter, who apart from her adulteries had no bad vein in her body, ended up the way she did?

Augustus (Peter O'Toole) is on his deathbed, overlooking how he "played his part in this comedy called life," and he takes us back several years to the high point of his rein. His daughter Julia (Vittoria Belvedere) is married to his beloved friend and ally, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, and together the two have had a pair of lovely sons, Gaius and Lucius, who are "just like their grandfather" and running around in army gear, rather like how Julia's daughter Agrippina (oddly missing from the movie) would do for her youngest son Gaius, or Caligula, thirty or so years later. Of course, the bubble bursts when Augustus is nearly murdered by an assassin, only saved by his leather breast plate, and Julia receives dreadful news: her husband Agrippa has died. He tells her of his earlier days when he was a sickly eighteen-year-old, who one day gets a letter from Julius Caesar, despite the pleas of his mother, "Your father would forbid it!" Octavius (Benjamin Sander) reminds her that, "only your uncle treats me like a son," leaps on a horse with Marcus Agrippa (Ken Duken) another eighteen-year-old, who dreams of becoming a soldier, to join the army. The story seems to take us through a romanticised view of Octavius growth into manhood along side his two friends Marcus Agrippa and Gaius Maecenas (Russell Barr), a man who is clearly thrown in for a giggle.

Agrippa represents the world that we all want to be apart of, yet he doesn't live in a fool's paradise like Octavius does, and towards the end of the flashbacks he finally pulls his friend out of belief that sticking to the nobles will save him; he has to suppress them. Interestingly, they show us how Agrippa built the great aqueducts, proving himself not only to be a great soldier but also one of history's great architect. Ironically, Maecenas mocks him by saying, "At least we'll be able to get some lovely fountains out of it!" Cleopatra is just as she should be, not a Liz Taylor but a real malicious mastermind. Julia does as she's told but is so trapped that she can't help but loom for ways out. Tiberius is a pig and his mother Livia too ambitious, and it's refreshing that Augustus actually "gets" that Livia wants Tiberius to be emperor. Iullus Antonius, who wants revenge for his father's murder at first, uses the vulnerable widow of Agrippa to in his plan. The irony being of course that lovely Agrippa warned Octavius when he saved Iullus' life that this would one day come to pass. In a way, Iullus cheats both his saviours, not only seducing Augustus' daughter but also taking Agrippa's wife and using her against the man he spent his whole life protecting. Of course the plot falls through when Iullus ends up falling in love with her proving himself a true Antonius boy—"a woman changed Antony, you could change Iullus" Augustus says and by god, Julia does.

The acting is still great, though many see O'Toole as the best: the desperation of Belvedere's Julia, the cunning of Rampling's Livia, the nobleness of Duken's Agrippa and the deep love that Barr's Maecenas has for Augustus really does touch you and makes their characters come alive.

The only thing that is disappointing is that it didn't cover the whole of the history, the Battle of Actium was rushed, we never see two of Augustus wives and we don't know what happened after the civil war was over, which is probably some of the most interesting part. Various other characters were clearly cut to save time for the film, Octavia's first husband, her children, Fulvia, Sextus, Drusus, who was Livia's other son and various others. If anything, this show would have been better off as a mini series and covering other important parts of history like the self-exile of Agrippa because of Marcellus, and how his death resulted in Agrippa's marriage to Julia—that would have been a story worth hearing.

If you're not interested in history, then you could just watch it for its soap opera feel, with the drama, attempted assassination and Julia's affair with Iullus Antonius driving her husband into raping her, we might as well have been watching an ancient rendition of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, only it's much better! Boys will also be happy to see that they get a hot babe to stare at in the form of Augustus' daughter Julia for half of the film. Don't worry, fear not girls, because in the other half, ladies such as us, also get a hot and handsome treat in the form Agrippa. My point being is that there is something for everyone. Filled with comic relief, a few wars, a few scandals, a troublesome wife, a few hot wild affairs, a hot chick for the boys and a cute guy for the girls, it pretty much does have everything you need to make history come alive.

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