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   Movie Review: Quo Vadis

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Color / 170 Min.

              Photo: Peter Ustinov as the Emperor Nero.         The Emperor Nero _______________

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture

Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Glenn, and Peter Ustinov.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin and S. N. Behrman.  Sonya Levian.  Based on the Novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist. ___________________

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      Photo: Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr in a scene from "Quo Vadis."       Marcius Vinicius and the Christian, Lygia.

Quo Vadis is a question and an answer.  It's Latin for "Where are you going?"  And its the answer to where movie-goers were going in 1952.  This big-budget spectacular of ancient Rome (recipient of 8 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture) was the year's #1 box-office hit and its studio's biggest success since Gone With the Wind.  

Robert Taylor plays Marcus Vinicius, commander of Rome's 14th Legion and in love with Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a member of the Christian sect accused of undermining Roman values.  Peter Ustinov, wrapped in purple-robed petulance, is the all-powerful Nero.  The destinies of these three and of the Empire play out in a tale whose visual highlights include the parade of triumphant legions, the burning of Rome and the martyrdom of Christians before cheering, bread-and-circus throngs.

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