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The fall of the Roman Empire / Samuel Bronston presents ; screenplay by Ben Barzman, Basilio Franchina, Philip Yordan ; produced by Samuel Bronston ; directed by Anthony Mann.

Format Video (DVD)
EditionTwo-disc deluxe ed.; widescreen format (2.20:1).
Publication Info[New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Co. Home Entertainment ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, ©2008.
Description2 videodiscs (185 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Other author/creatorBronston, Samuel producer.
Other author/creatorBarzman, Ben, screenwriter.
Other author/creatorFranchina, Basilio, 1914-2003 screenwriter.
Other author/creatorYordan, Philip screenwriter.
Other author/creatorMann, Anthony, 1906-1967 director.
Other author/creatorLoren, Sophia, 1934- actor.
Other author/creatorBoyd, Stephen, 1931-1977, actor.
Other author/creatorGuinness, Alec, 1914-2000 actor.
Other author/creatorMason, James, 1909-1984 actor.
Other author/creatorPlummer, Christopher actor.
Other author/creatorQuayle, Anthony, 1913-1989 actor.
Other author/creatorIreland, John, 1914-1992 actor.
Other author/creatorSharif, Omar, 1932-2015 actor.
Other author/creatorFerrer, Mel actor.
Other author/creatorKrasker, Robert cinematographer.
Other author/creatorTiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979 composer.
Other author/creatorSamuel Bronston Productions, Inc.
Other author/creatorWeinstein Company Home Entertainment (Firm)
Other author/creatorGenius Products, Inc.
Uniform titleFall of the Roman Empire (Motion picture)
Series Miriam collection ; 2
Miriam collection ; 2. ^A783074
Contents Disc 1 (89 min.) -- disc 2 (96 min.).
Abstract Marcus Aurelius Antonius, the philosopher-emperor of Rome, summons his empire's governors and princes to his German war headquarters for a Pax Romanus. He confides to his daughter, Lucilla, that his adopted son, Livius, will succeed him instead of his more unstable heir, Commodus. Overhearing this, Cleander, a blind prophet loyal to Commodus, presents Marcus with a poisoned apple. After the funeral, Livius, who does not share Lucilla's ambition for himself or Rome, allows Commodus to proclaim himself emperor. While pestilence ravages Rome, Commodus continues his vain, licentious behavior. He ultimately neglects to deal with all symptoms of unrest and banishing anyone reminding him of his responsibilities.
Review A fictionalized account of the ascension of Roman Emperor Commodus, in which Commodus assassinates his father (Emperor Marcus Aurelius) when he learns that Aurelius had planned to name Aurelius' adopted son Livius (a fictional character) as Aurelius' successor.
General noteOriginally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
General noteSpecial features (disc 1, 26 min.): optional audio commentary by Bill Bronston (son of producer Samuel Bronston) and Mel Martin (biographer of Samuel Bronston); "Rome in Madrid" promotional film (c1964, 22 min.); theatrical trailer (4 min.); behind-the-scenes stills gallery; promotional material stills gallery; filmographies (Bronston, Mann, Tiomkin, Barzman, Franchina, Boyd, Loren, Guinness, Mason, Plummer, Sharif, Quayle, Ferrer, Ireland).
General noteSpecial features (disc 2, 70 min.): "The rise and fall of an epic production" making-of featurette (29 min.); "The rise and fall of an Empire" historical featurette (11 min.); "Hollywood vs. History" historical featurette (10 min.); "Dimitri Tiomkin : scoring the Roman Empire" biographical featurette (20 min.).
General note"Enhanced for widescreen TVs"--Container.
CreditsDirector of photography, Robert Krasker ; film editor, Robert Lawrence ; music composed and conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin.
Cast Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, Mel Ferrer.
Date/time/place of a event noteFilmed at Bronston Studios in Madrid, Spain.
Audience Not rated by the MPAA.
Technical detailsDVD.
LanguageIn English, with optional Spanish subtitles.
LanguageSubtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Awards noteGolden Globes, USA, 1965: Golden Globe - Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
UPC 796019803977
UPC 065935803515
Publisher number80397 Weinstein Company Home Entertainment

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