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Quo Vadis? 

Drama about love and intrigues in ancient Rome during the times of Nero.






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Series cast summary:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ...  Nero 6 episodes, 1985
Frederic Forrest ...  Petronius 6 episodes, 1985
Cristina Raines ...  Poppaea 6 episodes, 1985
Barbara De Rossi ...  Eunice 6 episodes, 1985
Francesco Quinn ...  Marcus Vinicius 6 episodes, 1985
Marie Theres Relin ...  Lygia 6 episodes, 1985
Gabriele Ferzetti ...  Piso 6 episodes, 1985
Marko Nikolic ...  Tigellinus 6 episodes, 1985
Ljubisa Samardzic ...  Phaemius Rufus 6 episodes, 1985
Radomir Kovacevic Radomir Kovacevic ...  Ursus 6 episodes, 1985
Max von Sydow ...  The Apostle Peter 6 episodes, 1985
Leopoldo Trieste ...  Chilo 5 episodes, 1985
Ivan Klemenc Ivan Klemenc ...  Lucan 5 episodes, 1985
Ángela Molina ...  Acte 4 episodes, 1985
Svetozar Cvetkovic Svetozar Cvetkovic ...  Crispus 4 episodes, 1985
Dusan Golumbovski Dusan Golumbovski ...  Phaon 4 episodes, 1985
Françoise Fabian ...  Pomponia 3 episodes, 1985
Marisa Solinas ...  Polybia 3 episodes, 1985
Stojan Decermic Stojan Decermic ...  Mark the Evangelist 3 episodes, 1985
Philippe Leroy ...  Paul of Tarsus 2 episodes, 1985
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ...  Epicaris 2 episodes, 1985
Georges Wilson ...  Pedanius 2 episodes, 1985


Drama about love and intrigues in ancient Rome during the times of Nero.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

24 February 1985 (Italy) See more »

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Den brända staden See more »

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1.33 : 1
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American videotape cuts the film to 122 m. See more »


Version of Whence Does He Come? (1901) See more »

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Brandauer unconvincing as Nero
29 July 2006 | by fhrastoplaSee all my reviews

The most positive element of this miniseries-version of 'Quo Vadis' is it lacks the bombastic tone or settings usually connected with this type of genre. Many may consider the direction by Franco Rossi as slow, but to me it's rather very comfortable in comparison to the fast cutting-virus the historical pieces are handicapped by nowadays, as shown in movies like 'Troy'. It's a relief the makers make time to unfold Sienkiewicz novel and let us become involved in the story and focus on the downfall of decadent Rome and rising of humanity.

Unfortunately, there are some serious drawbacks to this version on other areas. Prepare yourself for mostly irritating synchronized dialog, where the voices of the actors are spoken by others. I believe Max Von Sydow (who gives us a great and moving performance as Peter) was one of the few who was allowed to keep his voice for his part. The greatest disappointment is however the role of Nero, played by Klaus Maria Brandauer. He has not any resemblance with the real Nero, who was fat and had a overall brutal appearance. Brandauer's characterization of Nero is over the top, his boredom with everything and everyone becomes irritating to the point you want him to die in the flames of Rome fast. And we have seen this view of the unpredictable, cruel, and bored Roman emperor many times before. We feel no compassion for Brandauers Nero when he loses the love of everyone around him, even that of Popea, played by the beautiful Christina Raines.

For photography, story-telling and Max Von Sydow, you may enjoy this movie.

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