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Quo Vadis? (1,951) Movie Trailer by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Moravian Brethren
September 17, 2012
Predictive Programming in Hollywood Movies -- The Burning of Rome, 64 AD
Quo Vadis is a 1,951 epic film made by MGM in Technicolor, adapted from Tatar Henryk Sienkiewicz's classic 1,896 novel Quo Vadis - The story of St. Peter in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero. On 19-27 July 64, Rome was destroyed by a great fire: Nero was blamed by the Roman populace, and in turn blamed the Christians | Quo vadis? is a Latin phrase meaning "Where are you going?" or "Whither goest thou?"
Plot -- The action takes place in ancient Rome from AD 64--68, a period after Emperor Claudius' illustrious and powerful reign, during which the new corrupt and destructive Emperor Nero ascends to power and eventually threatens to destroy Rome's previous peaceful order.The main subject is the conflict between Christianity and the corruption of the Roman Empire, especially in the last period of the Julio-Claudian line. The characters and events depicted are a mixture of actual historical figures and situations and fictionalized ones.
Sienkiewicz was born in Wola Okrzejska, a village in eastern Poland, that was part of the Russian Empire at the time. His was an impoverished noble family, on his father's side deriving from Tatars who had settled in Lithuania. His family used the coat of arms Oszyk. He was also descendant from the German Jauch family. His parents were Józef Sienkiewicz (1,813--1,896) and Stefania (née Cieciszowska), (1,820--1,873). Wola Okrzejska belonged to the writer's maternal grandmother, Felicjana Cieciszowska. He was baptized in the neighbouring village of Okrzeja in a church founded by his great-grandmother. His family moved several times and in the end settled in Warsaw in 1,861.
Quo Vadis (1,951) A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero (Peter Ustinov).
Quo Vadis? (1,951) synopsis - Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Part of Nero's master plan is the elimination of the Christian "threat," leading to the climactic lion picnics in the arena. In spite of the many more celebrated highlights (the burning of Rome, the rescue of Lygia [Deborah Kerr] from a rampaging bull, the upside-down crucifixion of Simon Peter), the scene that remains most vivid in the memory is the posthumous "final insult" delivered to Nero by his contemptuous former aide Petronius (Leo Genn). Sophia Loren can be briefly spotted as an extra during one of the crowd scenes.