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The Last Roman (1968)

Kampf um Rom I (original title)
Cethegus, leader of the Roman nobility, travels to Bizantium and its leader Justinian, in an attempt to raise an army to march on the Goths under Narses. Cethegus would like to set the two ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Siodmak, Andrew Marton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

David Ambrose (additional dialogue), Felix Dahn (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Cethegus
Orson Welles ... Emperor Justinian
Sylva Koscina ... Empress Theodora
Harriet Andersson ... Mathaswintha
Honor Blackman ... Amalaswintha
Robert Hoffmann ... Totila
Michael Dunn ... Narses
Ingrid Boulting ... Julia (as Ingrid Brett)
Lang Jeffries ... Belisarius
Florin Piersic ... Witichis
Emanoil Petrut Emanoil Petrut ... Teja
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Hildebrand
Dieter Eppler ... Thorismund
Ewa Strömberg Ewa Strömberg ... Rauthgundis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mircea Anghelescu Mircea Anghelescu ... Aligern
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Storyline

Cethegus, leader of the Roman nobility, travels to Bizantium and its leader Justinian, in an attempt to raise an army to march on the Goths under Narses. Cethegus would like to set the two sides to war against each other, that his own forces might take control at the outcome. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | West Germany | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Roman See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In Italy, the two parts of "Kampf um Rom" were edited in one movie entitled "La calata dei barbari". See more »

Connections

Referenced in I rollerna tre (1996) See more »

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Comments on German DVD release
2 December 2006 | by rjobrien_1943See all my reviews

'Kampf um Rom' appears to be an above average epic, but the version I saw is severely compromised. The recent German DVD release crops the original Techniscope image (2.35:1) to TV dimensions (1.33:1), then masks off the top and bottom of the picture to create an ersatz 1.66:1 ratio. I'm guessing their master copy was a print prepared for television. The faded colours, specks and scratches suggest it was done many years ago. While part one appears to be intact - I'm not sure - part two is obviously edited, with clumsy jump cuts where violence has been trimmed. Judging from the widescreen trailer - included on the DVD - an entire scene was removed, where a servant becomes an unwilling participant in an orgy. The DVD distributor, Universum Film, is usually meticulous with its releases. Presumably, the negative for 'Kampf um Rom' is lost and there were no usable inter-positives or even theatrical prints. Given this major problem, I'm surprised they went ahead with the release. Under the circumstances, the lack of an English option - either soundtrack or subtitles - hardly matters.


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