Sunday, December 17
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov
(1951) Roman soldier Robert Taylor loves Christian Deborah Kerr, but Peter Ustinov’s camp, scene-stealing Nero decides they’ve got to go. Studio-saving super-spectacle, complete with burning of Rome, wild bull vs. muscleman duel in the arena – and an assisted suicide. 35mm. Approx.171 min.
“Peter Ustinov at his most whimsical.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader
“$6,500,000 worth of grandeur, violence, faith and fleshpots, glittering with Technicolor and set against the epic clash of Christianity and paganism in Nero’s Rome… For sheer size, opulence and technical razzle-dazzle, Quo Vadis is the year’s most impressive cinematic sight-seeing spree.”