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Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909)

Nerone (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 1 November 1909 (USA)
Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Nerone
Lydia De Roberti ... Poppea
Mirra Principi ... Ottavia
... Epafrodito
Ernesto Vaser ... Senatore / Uomo del popolo
Ercole Vaser ... Spione
Serafino Vite ... Uomo del popolo
Leo Ragusi ... Uomo del popolo
Paolo Azzurri ... Senatore
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Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he faces opposition from an outraged populace. Written by Snow Leopard

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Somewhat Interesting, Though Flawed
29 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This might be one of the earliest attempts to make a historical spectacle on film, and it's fairly interesting even though it's not really that good. It offers a look at the mad emperor Nero, with some settings and props that are rather lavish for its era. The sets and the characterization of Nero ring mostly true. The same cannot be said for the story; you don't have to know all that much about Roman history to realize that they took some liberties with historical events. At times it is also surprisingly slow. It's mostly worth watching to take a look at some of the means they used in trying to recreate the world of ancient Rome on film.


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