Mervyn LeRoy recalled that because of the heat the lions were reluctant to enter the arena. A second cable from them read 'Historical Research Has Proved You Correct Stop The Part Is Yours'. Nero arrests them, along with all the other Christians, and condemns them to be slaughtered in his Circus: some are killed by lions. The film is unimaginatively directed, at a very slow pace in keeping with the general larger than life proportions, and its technical qualities are not impressive. The film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture — Drama.
The give and take between the two men -- with Petronius manipulating the emperor by subtly playing on Nero's vanity -- is like a toga-wearing House of Cards. It will probably be a vast success. Studio publicity claimed that this was the famous model of Ancient Rome housed in the and that it had been borrowed from the Italian government. He refuses to do so, even after four of his courtiers, , architect , poet Alfredo Varelli , and musician Terpnos Geoffrey Dunn add their endorsement of the mob's demands by putting their thumbs up as well. Marcus, Lygia and Ursus are now free, and they leave Rome for Marcus' estate in Sicily. But just as it seems love will prevail, Nero's atrocities threaten to destroy them and Rome forever.
I threw everything I knew into this test, and to my surprise John Huston did little to restrain me, encouraging me in confidential whispers to be even madder. In his autobiography, 'Take One', Mervyn LeRoy has some great stories about 'Quo Vadis'. Elizabeth Taylor had an uncredited cameo role as a Christian in the Circus prisons. Along with the delights of Sir Peter's performance, I still get choked up when noble Buddy Baer takes on that bull, and when Marina Berti's character displays so much love and devotion to Leo Genn's. Ustinov tested for the role of the lyre-playing little arsonist in 1949, but the film was slow to develop. It is a credit to Merv LeRoy for allowing great actors like Peter Ustinov and Leo Genn to 'do their thing'.
Massively impressed by Ursus's victory, the crowd exhorts Nero to spare the couple. Peter is later , a form of execution conceived by Nero's Praetorian Guard as an expression of mockery. I don't think Merv LeRoy had so much to do with this decision, as his alma mater was Warners try watching 'Anthony Adverse'! Mervyn LeRoy was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by the. Vinicius races to save Lygia from the wrath of Nero as the empire of Rome collapses around them. While Hollywood usually catered to its Catholic audience by having big name stars like Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young play priests and nuns in contemporary dramas, this movie deals with the origins of the religion.
Skall his work on 'The Silver Chalice' was outstanding really cannot be overstated. Lygia is the adopted daughter of a retired Roman general and technically a hostage of Rome. Filming in post-war Italy offered American studios immense facilities and cheap Italian labor and extras, of which thousands were required. But within and around these visual triumph and rich imagistic displays is tediously twined a hackneyed romance that threatens to set your teeth on edge. I just saw it again last night after about 15 years, and I marvelled at what a high quality spectacle it is - better than ever, in fact.
Throughout the movie we get to see emperor Nero, his extravagant lifestyle, how he sang and played his musical instrument, how he persecuted Christians true historical fact and how he burned the city of Rome not a verified historical fact but a rumor at the time and later blamed the Christians. Angered, Marcus makes Lygia his slave, but is still unable to make her his mistress. Complicating matters is the crazed Emperor Nero Peter Ustinov , who blames the Christians for his own burning of Rome, beginning a wave of persecution. The Quo Vadis movie was a big production at the time In the arena, Lygia is tied to a wooden stake and her bodyguard must try to kill a wild bull otherwise she will be gored to death. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go.
Over it all looms a loony Ustinov as Emperor Nero, despite director LeRoy's best efforts to keep him from chewing the scenery as he enjoyably steals the show. However, he was not the co-director of the film, as some of his admirers have claimed. After Nero and blames the Christians, Marcus sets out to rescue Lygia and her family. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. One of Hollywood's foremost animal experts began to procure lions, horses, bulls and other animals from around Europe. Marina Berti as Eunice in Quo Vadis 1951.
Critics in 1951 had mixed reactions to the epic. After months of preparation, the art director, costume designer and set decorator arrived in Rome in 1948. The Italian star also had an uncredited extra role as a Praetorian Guardsman inside Nero's summer palace at Antium. It was a profundity at its most workaday level, and it led me to the eventual conviction that no nation can make Roman pictures as well as the Americans. Apparently the test was a success, but then the huge machine came to a halt, and the project was postponed for a year. At the end of the film, a triumphal march heralds the success of the armies of the new emperor,. Marcus could have his choice of female companionship, but he falls for a beautiful slave woman, Lygia Deborah Kerr , who has been adopted by a Christian family.