Si l'Empire romain s'est effectivement disloqué durant une longue période s'étalant sur près de trois siècles, il en est de même du lointain talent d'un réalisateur fatigué qui en trois films successifs s'est évaporé dans les funestes contrées de la médiocrité, se fourvoyant ici dans un lamentable spectacle laborieux où même la vérité historique est gaillardement bafouée. www.cinefiches.com
Caught, at times quite awkwardly, between Anthony Mann's stern revisionism and Golden Age Hollywood sensationalism -- but is it ever wondrous to behold. Gorgeous sets and costumes, glorious scenery chewing from an unhinged Christopher Plummer, and a palpable passion for Roman History set it apart from other epics of this time and variety.
Great sets! Particularly "Fort Apache, the Rhine" in the first hour. But with Anthony Mann at the helm & Yakima Canute leading the second unit, it seems more like a western with chariots. The cinematography, casting, costumes, stunts, writing etc. are mundane to the point of tedium. About the only thing historically accurate here is that, like the fall of Rome, this movie goes on and on.
the detailed sets, Guiness and his 'Son' were great but everything else really was just booooooooooring. The bidding for the throne was maybe cool a little bit. I hate how Aeurulius and the Roman Empire were made out to be a benevolent kingdom of love and acceptance only to be ruined by a greedy effeminite. And what kind of damn uniforms were those legionaries wearing?