Quo Vadis (1925 film)
|Directed by||Gabriellino D'Annunzio
|Produced by||Arturo Ambrosio|
|Written by||Henryk Sienkiewicz (novel)
Rina De Liguoro
|Studio||Unione Cinematografica Italiana|
|Distributed by||Unione Cinematografica Italiana (Italy)
First National Pictures (US)
|Release dates||15 February 1925|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Quo Vadis (or Quo Vadis?) is a 1925 Italian silent historical film directed by Gabriellino D'Annunzio and Georg Jacoby and starring Emil Jannings, Elena Sangro and Lillian Hall-Davis. It is based on the novel Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz which was notably later adapted into a 1951 film.
The film was produced by the ambitious Unione Cinematografica Italiana. D'Annunzio, the son of the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, was considered a rising director and also wrote the film's screenplay. It was one of several attempts in early Fascist Italy to recapture the success of the historical epics of the previous decade. Rudolph Valentino was invited to star in the film, but was forced to turn the offer down due to contractual reasons. Production quickly became troubled - the film ran seriously over-budget, and additional financing had to be raised from Germany. The new backers insisted that a German director, Jacoby, be appointed to co-direct.
The film was a critical and commercial failure on its release, effectively ending the career of its producer Arturo Ambrosio who had been one of the major figures of early Italian cinema. In its review the New York Times described it as "excellent as spectacle, but is too tedious in many sequences to be a good entertainment". D'Annunzio never directed or wrote another film. Jacoby's reputation also suffered heavily, and he switched to working on musicals and comedies.
- Emil Jannings as Nero
- Elena Sangro as Poppea
- Lillian Hall-Davis as Licia
- Rina De Liguoro as Eunica
- Andrea Habay as Petronius
- Raimondo Van Riel as Tigellinus
- Gildo Bocci as Vittelius
- Gino Viotti as Chilone Chilonides
- Alphons Fryland as Vinicius
- Bruto Castellani as Ursus
- Elga Brink as Domitilla
- Arnold Kent as Roman Guard
- Marcella Sabbatini as Girl
- Lucia Zanussi
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