The fall of the Roman Empire

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2008
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Movies DVD FALL
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual DVD FAL
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Though Fall of the Roman Empire is now infamous as the epic which destroyed the cinematic "empire" of producer Samuel Bronston, the film is actually an above-average historical drama, attempting to make sense of the political intrigues which resulted in the dissolution of the Glory That Was Rome. The film begins with wise, diplomatic emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) calling together the various representatives of the many nations within the Empire as a means of securing peace and prosperity for all involved. When Marcus intimates that he intends to turn over his crown to adopted son Livius (Stephen Boyd) rather than the logical successor Commodus (Christopher Plummer), he is poisoned by one of Commodus' cronies. Marcus' daughter Lucilla (Sophia Loren) tries to get Livius to claim the throne, but he wants no part of it; thus, the fate of the empire is in the incompetent hands of the preening Commodus. Despite efforts by cooler heads to save Rome from ruin, Commodus vainly declares himself a god and kills anyone who poses a threat to him. When he learns that Lucilla actually has a stronger claim to the throne than he does, Commodus condemns her to be burned at the stake. Only then does Livius intervene, slaying Commodus and promising to try to pick up the pieces of the disintegrating empire. Attempting to find a common ground between history buffs and action fans, Fall of the Roman Empire has come to be regarded as a classic. Alas, audiences in 1964 had grown weary of epics (especially after the highly touted but disappointing Cleopatra), and failed to turn out in sufficient enough numbers to justify Fall's exorbitant cost. Virtually wiped out, Samuel Bronston would not be able to return to filmmaking until 1971, and then only on a much smaller and more pinchpenny scale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Subjects Commodus, -- Emperor of Rome, -- 161-192 -- Drama.
Marcus Aurelius, -- Emperor of Rome, -- 121-180 -- Drama.
Lucilla, Annia Aurelia Galeria, -- Empress, consort of Lucius Verus, Emperor of Rome, -- 150-182 -- Drama.
Emperors -- Rome -- Drama.
Emperors -- Succession -- Rome -- Drama.
Rome -- History -- Commodus, 180-192 -- Drama.
Feature films.
Epic films.
Historical films.
Action and adventure films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [New York, NY] : Santa Monica :Weinstein Company ;2008
Distributed by Genius Products,
Edition Two-disc deluxe widescreen ed.
Contributors Bronston, Samuel.
Barzman, Ben.
Franchina, Basilio, 1914-2003
Yordan, Philip.
Mann, Anthony, 1906-1967.
Loren, Sophia, 1934-
Boyd, Stephen, 1931-1977.
Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000.
Mason, James, 1909-1984.
Plummer, Christopher.
Ireland, John, 1914-1992.
Ferrer, Mel.
Sharif, Omar, 1932-2015
Quayle, Anthony, 1913-1989.
Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979.
Samuel Bronston Productions, Inc.
Weinstein Company.
Genius Products, Inc.
Participants/Performers Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, John Ireland, Mel Ferrer, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle.
Other Contributors Music, Dimitri Tiomkin ; production designers, Colasanti, Moore.
Audience Not rated.
Language English
English dialogue, Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
Special features: Disc 1: Feature commentary with Bill Bronston (son of producer Samuel Bronston) and Mel Martin (biographer of Samuel Bronston); Rome in Madrid: 1964 promotional film; original theatrical trailer; filmographies; still gallery ; Disc 2: "The rise and fall of an epic production:" the making of the film; "The rise and fall of an empire:" an historical look at the real Roman Empire; Hollywood vs. History: an historical analysis; Dimitri Tiomkin: scoring the Roman Empire.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (letterbox, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital, digitally remastered.
Awards Golden Globes, USA, 1965: Golden Globe - Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Description 2 videodiscs (185 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1594447365
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