Not Rated | | Drama, History
A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.
The first DeMille film to receive an official Oscar nomination (Best Cinematography). According to the Academy, the art direction of DeMille's Dynamite (1929) had been "under consideration by the various boards of judges" for an Oscar, but only the winners were revealed during the 2nd Academy Awards (1930), which did not have announcements or certificates of nominations.
Do you love this girl? Answer me!
Marcus Superbus, Prefect of Rome: Well, then I... I don't know.
Poppaea: That says you perhaps do. I could laugh with Rome about it if I didn't care so much. Marcus Superbus... caught at last by a Christian wanton.
Marcus Superbus, Prefect of Rome: You've no right to call her that.
Poppaea: Oh, very ...
When the boxers are fighting with the spiked gloves, the loser gets punched in the face. He is shown with scars on his face and spits blood onto his chest. In the next shot (from a slightly different angle) the scars are there but the blood on his chest is gone.
EMKA Limited (the film's current owner) and American Movie Classics restored and preserved the original full-length version in 1994 and is available on video. This restored version runs 125 minutes (including a 3-minute intermission).
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