ⓘ Quo Vadis (1913 film)


ⓘ Quo Vadis (1913 film)

Quo Vadis is an Italian film made directed by Enrico Guazzoni for Cines in 1913, based on the 1896 novel of the same name written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It was one of the first blockbusters in the history of cinema, with 5.000 extras, lavish sets, and a lengthy running time of two hours, setting the standard for "superspectacles" for decades to come.

A worldwide success, it premiered in Germany at the opening night of the Ufa-Pavillon am Nollendorfplatz Berlins first purpose-built, free-standing cinema, on 19 March 1913. In an unusual departure from normal cinematic practice, the crowd scenes were reinforced with "special mobs" of live costumed actors in the auditorium.

Quo Vadis was the first film to be projected in a first-class Broadway theater the Astor Theatre, where it was screened for nine months from April to December 1913. The films first screening in London was for King George V, in the Royal Albert Hall, who complimented the performers.


1. Plot

The story is set during the latter years of the reign of the emperor Nero. Marcus Vinicius, one of Neros military officers, falls in love with a young Christian hostage named Lycia. But their love is hindered by Nero, who has his soldiers burn Rome and pins the blame on the Christians. Nero launches a cruel persecution of the religious sect, who are sentenced to death in the Circus. Among the victims is Lycia. She is tied to the back of a bull in imitation of Europa. But her life is saved by her bodyguard Ursus, who wrestles the bull to death.


2. Cast

  • Giovanni Gizzi as Saint Peter
  • Matilde Guillaume
  • Amelia Cattaneo as Eunice
  • Carlo Cattaneo as Nero
  • Augusto Mastripietri as Chilo
  • Cesare Moltini as Tigellinus
  • Giuseppe Gambardella
  • Amleto Novelli as Vinicius
  • Bruto Castellani as Ursus
  • Lia Orlandini as servant Livia
  • Ignazio Lupi as Aulus
  • Ida Carloni Talli as priestess
  • Olga Brandini as Poppaea
  • Lea Giunchi as Lygia
  • Gustavo Serena as Petronius

3. Other versions

  • 2002 TV series 6 ep. directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
  • 1951 film directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • 1924 film directed by Gabriellino DAnnunzio and Georg Jacoby, produced by Arturo Ambrosio
  • 2001 film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
  • 1985 TV mini-series directed by Franco Rossi
  • 1901 film directed by Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca
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