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Quo Vadis? (1924)

G | | Drama | 1924 (Austria)
Watch the Apostles and other followers like Saul preach the gospel and spread the message of love and hope in this high quality entertaining animated feature for your kids and family.


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Credited cast:
Emil Jannings ... Nerone
Elena Sangro ... Poppea (as Elena Di Sangro)
Rina De Liguoro ... Eunica
Lillian Hall-Davis ... Licia
Andrea Habay ... Petronius
Raimondo Van Riel Raimondo Van Riel ... Tigellinus
Gildo Bocci Gildo Bocci ... Vittelius
Gino Viotti ... Chilone Chilonides
Alphons Fryland ... Vinicius
Bruto Castellani ... Ursus
Elga Brink ... Domitilla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnold Kent ... Roman Guard (as Lido Manetti)
Marcella Sabbatini Marcella Sabbatini ... Girl
Lucia Zanussi Lucia Zanussi


Watch the Apostles and other followers like Saul preach the gospel and spread the message of love and hope in this high quality entertaining animated feature for your kids and family.

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The Roman Banquet The golden glories, the unrivaled luxuries, the wine, the dance, the song, the beautiful women, the sumptuous splendors that taxed a barbaric world for a night of feasting and revel- re-created for your entertainment in the most colossal drama produced. (Print Ad- Daily Argus, ((Mount Vernon NY)) 6 June 1925)




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Rudolph Valentino was offered a part in the film, but turned it down as he was busy under his new contract with Famous Players in America. See more »

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A version of this film with music and sound effects was released in 1929. See more »


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Whither Thou Goest
23 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

What MGM and Mervyn LeRoy did in 1951 for two and a half hours, the Italian cinema did in 60% of the time, tell the tale of the Henryk Sienkiewicz novel Quo Vadis. For those of you who have seen the MGM classic with Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr you'll recognize quite a few scenes and lines.

This is an Italian production with a mostly Italian cast of names the American cinema viewer won't recognize. However it got some financing from the Germans and they got a co-director and a leading man for their contributions.

Unlike the American version where the story concentrates on the romance between centurion Marcus Vinicius and Lygia the Christian girl, this version has the Emperor Nero in the lead. That's a name you'll recognize, Emil Jannings of the German cinema soon to go to America and win the first Oscar for Best Actor.

It's a performance that dominates the film. You'll see bits of what both Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov took, but Jannings makes the role all his own. Laughton was epicene, Ustinov narcissistic, but Jannings is positively mad.

The producer Gabriello D'Annunzio son of Gabriel D'Annunzio, Italian writer and adventurer created sets as opulent as any that D.W. Griffith or Cecil B. DeMille ever created in Hollywood. The Roman orgy scenes were pure DeMilleian. D'Annunzio even got his father's mistress Elena Sangro to play Poppaea, the courtesan Empress.

This silent Quo Vadis stands up well against MGM's Quo Vadis or DeMille's Sign Of The Cross. I recommend you see it to see how Jannings as Nero stacks up against Laughton and Ustinov.

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