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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Eric Lerner (written by)
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Release Date:
30 November 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
History will bear the mark of his rule. See more »
Plot:
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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Graham Crowden obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 22 October 2010, 9:08 AM, PDT)

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Not as bad as the above See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peter O'Toole ... Augustus Caesar

Charlotte Rampling ... Livia Drusilla
Vittoria Belvedere ... Julia Caesaris

Benjamin Sadler ... Gaius Octavius / Young Augustus

Ken Duken ... Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Russell Barr ... Gaius Maecenas

Juan Diego Botto ... Iullus Antonius
Martina Stella ... Young Livia
Valeria D'Obici ... Atia

Michele Bevilacqua ... Tiberius
Riccardo De Torrebruna ... Decimus
Giampiero Judica ... Scipio
Vanni Materassi ... Musa
Elena Ballesteros ... Octavia
Gérard Klein ... Julius Caesar (as Gerard Klein)
Achille Brugnini ... Cassius
Alexander Strobele ... Lucius Tutilius

Gottfried John ... Cicero
Michael Reale ... Lepidus
Anna Valle ... Cleopatra
Massimo Ghini ... Mark Antony
Massimo Sarchielli ... Beggar / Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hatem Maroub ... Centurion

Francis Pardeilhan ... Tiberius, Scipio (voice)
Antonio Petrocelli ... Brutus
Hichem Rostom ... Lawyer
Paolo Scalabrino ... Plancius
Noureddine Souli ... Centurion
Nick Alexander ... Physician (voice) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Cicero (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Young 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
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
 
Stunts
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 (as Jacqueline Freda)
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt wrangler (as Jacqueline Freda)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Augustus" - Australia (DVD box title), USA (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some war violence (DVD and VHS)
Runtime:
200 min | Argentina:180 min | USA:178 min | UK:177 min (cut) | Spain:161 min (DVD edition)
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
Some of the actors spoke good English with good accents, however in order to sell the film in the US, they too were dubbed.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[to Maecenas]
Agrippa:Hurry up! Looking at you naked is beyond the call of duty!
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Movie Connections:
Version of "Empire" (2005)See more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as the above, 3 January 2005
Author: tsubaki_sanjuro from London, England

The above comments are too harsh, but the film is by no means great.

The bad parts first. The CGI - if thats what it is - is very poor for audiences raised on "Gladiator" and the rest of the sword-and-sandal epics, to say nothing of contemporary TV productions like Channel Four's "The Ancient Egyptians". All of the battle scenes suffer as a result, and this is worsened by some shots of legionaries being hit by arrows and pila that are utterly laughable - one soldier can be seen to pull the spear into his body, others are already grabbing the part the arrow hits before it hits. Moreover, the battles they represent are meaningless, as they neglect to show either Phillipi or Actium in any detail that could do them justice.

The script is a bizarre mishmash of historical accuracy and modern elements, the most obvious being the character of Maecenas, brought in for some reason to be both comic relief and "the only gay in the village". The continual harping on about Rome also grates somewhat, though this tends to die out towards the end; for that matter the original insistence that Octavian and Agrippa were "country boys" is incorrect - Octavian's father had been praetor.

The filming location - in Bizerte - is also very obviously not Italy, and since a recurring element of the film is the activity in and around the forum, this is noticeable more than it would have been if the activity was focused in the senate.

Despite all that, there is still an OK film lurking beneath the surface. Peter O'Toole does a good - if bored - turn as the elderly Augustus, Livia (who the historical sources believe was as manipulative as she is portrayed here Marcus - Caligula was to call her "Ulysses in petticoats") is played well by both actresses, with exactly the right amount of malice; Michele Bevilacqua's Tiberius is suitably reluctant to assume the burden of the Empire and Julia, as well as nagged by Livia (though he shunned Julia, and appealed against her banishment - so the rape scene was unjustified).

Despite what Marcus wrote above, the treatment of Julia in this film - aside from the rape - is justified by the extant evidence, she was banished for adultery, after a complaint by her father using a law he had brought about with Iullus.

Its also much more historically accurate than most films - it sticks closely to Suetonius's "Life of the Deified Augustus" (aside from the gripes mentioned above) and far better than more expensive films (King Arthur bow your head in shame), and is well worth watching for anyone who is prepared to accept some bizarre script moments in order to learn something of history.

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