Rome at the Movies - 1
Rome has lived some intense moments that are also
seen in the cinema. This histroical period and its events have been represented in some
movies of great success.
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964)
Directed by Anthony Mann
A spectacular colossal film on the last years of
the empire under the rule of Marco Aurelius. In spite of an exceptional cast including
Alec Guiness, James Mason and Sophia Loren, the film had many production
problems. To name a few were the funeral of Marco Aurelius and the duel in the arena.
FABIOLA (1947) Directed by
Based on the novel by Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman
and dramatized by 14 people including Cesare Zavattini, Emilio Cecchi and Suso
Cecchi DAmico. It was the first Italain colossal film after the war and the first
film of the 1948-49 season. An expensive film (500 million dollars), it created a scandal
for the sexy scene with Michèle Morgan.
Directed by Carmine Gallone
Messalina, after homicide and betrayal, plots to
make his favorite emperor. But after another crime, it is discovered: his favorite is
killed and Messalina commits suicide. Part of the impressive scenography comes from Scipione
the African also made by Gallone in 1937. The film made 456.100.000 ITL.
ORAZI AND CURIAZI (1961)
Directed by Ferdinando Baldi
Revised and correct version of the legendary war
between the Orazi, three Roman brothers, and the Curiazi- their enemies. It is
Orazio that breaks through, giving vistory to the population. Filmed in Cinecittà and
arrnged by Carlo Lizzani, Ennio De Concini and Giuliano Montaldo, it made 358.000.000 ITL.
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