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Quo Vadis? Details

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Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of [[Performer~P314816~Henryk Sienkiewicz~henryksienkiewicz]]'s novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman ([[Performer~P37896~Deborah Kerr~deborahkerr]]) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius ([[Performer~P113772~Robert Taylor~roberttaylor]]). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero ([[Performer~P114937~Peter Ustinov~peterustinov]]), 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 [[[Performer~P37896~Deborah Kerr~deborahkerr]]] 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 ([[Performer~P26399~Leo Genn~leogenn]]). [[Performer~P43272~Sophia Loren~sophialoren]] can be briefly spotted as an extra during one of the crowd scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herschel McCoy Best Color Costume Design 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hugh Hunt Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph Winters Best Editing 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo Genn Best Supporting Actor 1951 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Ustinov Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Ustinov Best Supporting Actor 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miklos Rozsa Best Drama or Comedy Score 1951 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Surtees Best Cinematography - Color 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Color Cinematography 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward C. Carfagno Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Zimbalist Best Picture 1951 Nominee

Cast

Robert Taylor
as Marcus Vinicius
Deborah Kerr
as Lygia
Leo Genn
as Petronius
Peter Ustinov
as Nero
Patricia Laffan
as Poppaea
Finlay Currie
as Peter
Abraham Sofaer
as Paul
Marina Berti
as Eunice
Buddy Baer
as Ursus
Felix Aylmer
as Plautius
Nora Swinburne
as Pomponia
Ralph Truman
as Tigellinus
Norman Wooland
as Nerva
Gerald Perreau-Saissine
as Nazarius
Rosalie Crutchley
as Acte
John Ruddock
as Chilo
Arthur Walge
as Croton
Elspeth March
as Miriam
Strelsa Brown
as Rufia
Alfredo Varelli
as Lucan
William Tubbs
as Anaxander
Pietro Tordi
as Galba
Adrienne Corri
Walter Pidgeon
as Narrator
Sophia Loren
as Girl applauding in Vinicius' court
Nicholas Hannen
as Seneca

Crew

Mervyn LeRoy
Director
Sam Zimbalist
Producer
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Book Author
Sonya Levien
Screenwriter
S.N. Behrmann
Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin
Screenwriter
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edward C. Carfagno
Art Director
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Herschel McCoy
Costume Designer
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Hugh Gray
Consultant/advisor
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