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The fall of the Roman Empire

Author: Samuel BronstonBen BarzmanBasilio FranchinaPhilip YordanAnthony MannAll authors
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Co. Home Entertainment ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, ©2008.
Series: Miriam collection, 2.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Two-disc deluxe ed.; widescreen format (2.20:1)View all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
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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
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Genre/Form: Adventure films
Historical films
Epic films
Feature films
Action and adventure films
Fiction films
Films for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Ancient world
Adventure
Historical
Drama
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Named Person: Commodus, Emperor of Rome; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla, Empress consort of Lucius Verus Emperor of Rome; Commodus, Emperor of Rome; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla, Empress consort of Lucius Verus Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Bronston; Ben Barzman; Basilio Franchina; Philip Yordan; Anthony Mann; Sophia Loren; Stephen Boyd; Alec Guinness; James Mason; Christopher Plummer; Anthony Quayle; John Ireland; Omar Sharif; Mel Ferrer; Robert Krasker; Dimitri Tiomkin; Samuel Bronston Productions, Inc.; Weinstein Company Home Entertainment (Firm); Genius Products, Inc.
ISBN: 1594447365 9781594447365
OCLC Number: 224550891
Language Note: In English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
Special 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).
Special 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.).
"Enhanced for widescreen TVs"--Container.
Credits: Director 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.
Event notes: Filmed at Bronston Studios in Madrid, Spain.
Awards: Golden Globes, USA, 1965: Golden Globe - Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Target Audience: Not rated by the MPAA.
Description: 2 videodiscs (185 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1.
Contents: Disc 1 (89 min.) --
disc 2 (96 min.).
Series Title: Miriam collection, 2.
Other Titles: Fall of the Roman Empire (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Samuel Bronston presents ; screenplay by Ben Barzman, Basilio Franchina, Philip Yordan ; produced by Samuel Bronston ; directed by Anthony Mann.

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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.

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.

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