The Fall of the Roman Empire Reviews
Includes thousands of actors, a real replica of Forum Romanum (bulit in Spain) and well equiped soldiers and good looking romans. And of course Sophia Loren in her role as hot Bambi turning up everywhere in the movie as sad, confused or angry.
It doesn't get more epic than this, but it's way to long. I watched the 2h 52min version and that could have been cut down a lot.
Largely not at all historically accurate. The spoken introduktion to the movie promises accuracy but after a while the producer and writer turns the history as they want, and the ending is just weird.
Nevertheless interesting and worth watching
The plot covers the same historical ground as "Gladiator," beginning in Germany as the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) reveals that he plans to make his heir not his son Commodus (Christopher Plummer), but instead the loyal general Gaius Livius (Stephen Boyd) who is in love with Aurelius' daughter, Lucilla (Sophia Loren). Commodus and Livius, once close friends, now become bitter rivals as the story unfolds. Boyd, excellent as the villain in "Ben-Hur," gives it his all as Livius but is no match for the genius acting skills of Guinness and Plummer. Guinness is excellent as the wise Aurelius, but the film belongs to Plummer, who gives possibly the best performance of his career as the delightfully unhinged and sadistic Commodus. Also strong is James Mason as Aurelius' Greek philosopher/advisor. Sophia Loren is about as easy on the eyes as they come, and her acting is certainly better than Boyd's.
But the real strength of the film lies in its smart script. It speculates on the various causes of Rome's fall, with heavy emphasis on the corrupt leaders and internal strife. It also offers insight into man's desire to be free and what a government's role should be in ensuring that freedom. In the end it's a very downbeat and depressing film, closing with a sense of pessimism very uncommon in films of the period. "Fall" is very much a film of its time but it still holds weight today, and stands as one of, if not the, greatest epics in all cinema.
movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie..its a good Action & Adventure, Drama, Classics movie 2 watch n its got some good scenery throughout this movie..i think that the fight scenes/sword fights were pretty kewl throughout this movie..its a good movie 2 watch