TV Mini-Series | Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
An Alexander Korda version was abandoned back in 1937. Directed by Josef von Sternberg, it starred Charles Laughton in the title role alongside Merle Oberon. A car crash involving Oberon was the main reason cited for the cancellation, but sources say it was a troublesome shoot, with Laughton the main source of the problem.
That family is starting to sound like a Greek tragedy.
In the miniseries, Tiberius is married to Vipsania at the same time that Julia is married to Marcellus. Historically, Tiberius married Vipsania in 19 BCE, when Marcellus had been dead for four years, and Julia had been married to her second husband, Marcus Agrippa, for two years, and was pregnant with their second child.
The show aired in 13 episodes on PBS in 1977, but was originally shown in 12 episodes in England, the first and second episodes having been combined. This is the version now available in the remastered edition on DVD.
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