Commodus, played here by the flamboyant Christopher Plummer, forsakes the Pax Romana and turns Rome into an empire of camp. Spectacular crowd scenes, costumes and snow-filled landscapes mix with intelligent, powerful pro-peace and Civil Rights commentary. While The Fall of the Roman Empire is even more technically assured than El Cid, it's less interesting narrative-wise.
Put bluntly, the difference between El Cid and Fall is the difference between faith in a concept of heroism that can transcend even death.
From back in the day when epic meant upwards of 10, extras, gargantuan sets, and piece orchestras Boy, back in the '60s, they sure loved to make epics about the Roman Empire, and really long ones at that, so you better believe that they were going to make the big, highly anticipated epic about the final downfall of the Roman Empire no less than three hours. Seriously, what is this, the fall of the Roman Empire in real time? Needless to "The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating," this film takes a while to dramatise what it pretty much summed up pretty tightly in the title, or rather, tightle.
Eh, whatever, it's still a good film Certainly better than the epic Anthony Mann did right before this oneas well it should be, considering that it has a cast of such people as Sophia Loren, as well as such talents Notice that I made sure that Sophia Loren wasn't mentioned among the talents as Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Mel Ferrer and Omar Sharif, all of whom were actually there during the downfall of the Roman Empire, so this film better be good and accurate.
Shoot, I can see Dimitri Tiomkin being the biggest person saying that this film better be good, because his score on this puppy is actually only about thirty minutes shorter than the whole final cut of the film, and this film The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating, like, four days long, so you know that Tiomkin worked his orchestra to death.
Man, that song is awesome, even if its album version does make "Stairway to Heaven" look about as long as a Creedence Clearwater Revival song The album version of "Susie Q" quite obviously notwithstandingthough Tiomkin's score for this film "The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating" too shabby either, nor is the film itself, yet make no mistake, Tiomkin's booming score can't fully drown out some of the undeniably boastful faults made by this film.
I joke about this pretty much being the definitive Roman epic film, but really, it
The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating of is, in that it falls into most every trope established by many of the Roman epics that preceded.
Now, the film has its then-unique touches, and is certainly more intelligent than a few other Roman epics of its type and era, yet this is still Anthony Mann, the director of "El Cid", we're talking about, so of course the film still collapses into the conventions of its genre, which I don't mind too much, even a few collapses into conventions are rather glaring ones, because that's pretty much what you did with Roman epics at the time and, shoot, still kind of do with any sword-and-sandle epic of a similar type now, but the problem is that quite a few of the conventions collapsed into have always been rather problematic ones.
The Roman epic genre has been tainted with more melodrama that you'd think, and this film is, again, directed by the guy who did "El Cid" for goodness' sakes, so sure enough, while this film isn't quite as cornball as Anthony Mann's preceding epic, it still collapses into melodrama all too often. Still, the story's cheesier spots don't quite end with corny romances and melodramatic drama, for although the film isn't really corny, it does have quite a few rather sensationalized and somewhat cheesy moments that aren't especially glaring, but are still decidedly quite unsubtle and dilute the story's effectiveness, partially because these collapses into cheesiness are often all too recognizable.
Outside of that, another major and sometimes problematic convention that this film succumbs to is, of course, just being so blasted long, and not always fittingly so, finding itself, not padded nearly as much as I had feared, but still being padded quite considerably in some spots, at which point, the film quickly loses steam that it subsequently recovers just as quickly, yet these overdrawn spots remains present throughout the film, meaning that the film still loses quite a bit of steam quite often.
The film is a massive pieces of spectacle indeed, though perhaps too massive, being sometimes gratuitously sprawling, with the intrigue that should back it up being diluted by the film's being so conventional and occasionally dramatically faulty.
However, this film does not fall under the immense pressure of its faults, for although the film is indeed faulty, and somewhat all too familiar as a sword-and-sandal epic, like other sword-and-sandal epics "The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating" its type, it rewards fairly deeply by the end, while keeping consistently rewarding, if nothing else, stylistically. Among the handful of things that I could give "El Cid" credit for was handsome cinematography, and with this film, Robert Krasker steps things up, drenching the film in a kind of dated grit, yet grit that still stands the test of time well enough to catch your eye and breathe life into this world, perhaps just as much as the sweeping shots Krasker sets up.
Something along those lines can be said about the production values, as they have dated, and most all of them are all too similar to the production values of other Roman epics Once again, "El Cid" did the same thingyet regardless, the production designs remain detailed enough to sell you on this world, as well as grand enough to sell you on the vastness of this world.
Next to all that and some actually pretty cool action sequences, another big reminder that this very much is an epic is, of course, Dimitri Tiomkin's sprawling score, which, like most everything else in this film, The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating a bit too similar to that of other sword-and-sandal Roman epics of this type, yet it remains remarkable, bursting with grandness and livliness that may not have been especially inventive at the time, but still sparks a lot of texture in this film and keeps it consistently, if nothing else, entertaining.
Still, the film owes a lot to Anthony Mann for being more than just entertaining, because what really turned me off to "El Cid" was its consistently feeling either uninspired or overambitious, or at least until the final act, when Mann really did get a grip on things, yet here, Mann is consistent in keeping a grip on things, certainly not to where the film isn't without its many problems, but still to where he creates a consistent aura of intrigue and, yes, even intelligence, broken up by unexpected occasions of perhaps too slow, but generally thoughtful and effective meditative dramatic depth, which may often go tainted by melodrama and other types of cheesiness, but mostly hits pretty hard and gives this story weight, something that it really does need, considering that this story is, of course, a strong one.
Next to Mann, the thing that springs this story to life is, of course, the massive cast of talents Actually, as much as I complain about Sophia Loren not being a terribly good actress, and as terrible as she was in "El Cid", she holds its together better than I expected in this film, even if she is pretty much playing a better-acted version of who she played in "El Cid", which isn't to say that she's especially good, especially in comparison with the other skilled members of this cast of film legends, from a show-stealingly layered and soulful Christopher Plummer as the overambitious and corrupt Commodus First Plummer, and later Joaquin Phoenix; I suppose Commodus is one of those show-stealer rolesto Alec Guinness as a charmingly noble yet firm Marcus Aurelius, or rather, a preview of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Some performances are better than others, and all performances are held back to one extent or another, but when it's all said and done with, there is enough skill within the cast, as well as within Anthony Mann's direction, to this story to life, and with fine style and production value complimenting both style and this substance, what we're ultimately left with is an epic that stands not only certainly much better than "El Cid", but among the other good Roman epics from which it quite often takes as a generally rewarding piece of entertainment with fair amount of intrigue and substance.
Good and great actors alike trapped in this ponderous bore. One such is in A. Dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius Alec Guinness is putting his affairs in order and wants peace after seventeen years of war and a talk with Ballomar John Irelandthe enemy commander. Whereas "Gladiator" exploits violence and revenge for their own sake, "The Fall of the Roman Empire" is a literate tragedy about peace and what it takes to govern an empire.
It is helped by giving the various characters time enough to articulate their own positions. And James Mason is espeiclally superb at this and Finlay Currie has a great speech of his own. There are some epic battle scenes and a thrilling chariot ride through the forest, all of which are better appreciated when there are less special effects used.
This was one of the last grand epics of the Hollywood The fall of the roman empire 1964 online dating system. Why so many of them had to feature Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif is beyond me. After this, the movies would get smaller for a while. It was probably for the best.
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The film begins with wise, diplomatic emperor Marcus Aurelius Alec Guinness calling together the various representatives of the many nations within the Empire as a means of securing peace and prosperity for all involved. When Marcus intimates that he intends to turn over his crown to adopted son Livius Stephen Boyd rather than the logical successor Commodus Christopher Plummerhe is poisoned by one of Commodus' cronies.
Marcus' daughter Lucilla Sophia Loren tries to get Livius to claim the throne, but he wants no part of it; thus, the fate of the empire is in the incompetent hands of the preening Commodus. Despite efforts by cooler heads to save Rome from ruin, Commodus vainly declares himself a god and kills anyone who poses a threat to him.