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Quo Vadis (1951) was a Historical - Drama Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and Anthony Mann and produced by Sam Zimbalist.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorLeo GennNominated
Best Supporting ActorPeter UstinovNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: William A. Horning, Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Hugh HuntNominated
Best CinematographyRobert Surtees, William V. SkallNominated
Best Costume DesignHerschel McCoyNominated
Best Film EditingRalph E. WintersNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best PictureSam Zimbalist, ProducerNominated

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From the Archives: Quo Vadis ( 1951 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 8, 2020 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr in the MGM epic Quo Vadis ( 1951 ). The film was based upon the 1895 Polish novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz and was a huge blockbuster hit for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. From the Archives is our latest series of posts where we share photos from the Silverbanks Pictures collect... Read full article

Old Hollywood Villains: Nero in Quo Vadis (1951)

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 29, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about Peter Ustinov's Academy Award-nominated performance as Roman Emperor Nero in Quo Vadis (1951). This article is part of The Great Villain Blogathon 2017 hosted by Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings. Every old Hollywood epic needs a memorable villain, wh... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: Quo Vadis

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 21, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Quo Vadis (1951), starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout March, I'll be celebrat... Read full article

Quo Vadis (1951)

By Beatrice on Aug 9, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Quo Vadis ? Directed by Mervyn LeRoy Written by John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, and Sonya Levien from the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz 1951/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental Objectively, this is worth seeing for Ustinov’s performance, the spectacle, and the music. Subjective... Read full article

QUO VADIS? (1951)

By Clayton on May 1, 2014 From Phantom Empires

QUO VADIS? (1951) 5/1/2014 0 Comments I'm a huge fan of the Sword and Sandal picture. When I was a kid, beside the wonderful Italian Peplums, my Saturday and Sunday afternoon fare consisted mainly of some of the fantastic Holly... Read full article

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Petronius: [in his dying letter to Nero] To Nero, Emperor of Rome, Master of the World, Divine Pontiff. I know that my death will be a disappointment to you, since you wished to render me this service yourself. To be born in your reign is a miscalculation; but to die in it is a joy. I can forgive you for murdering your wife and your mother, for burning our beloved Rome, for befouling our fair country with the stench of your crimes. But one thing I cannot forgive - the boredom of having to listen to your verses, your second-rate songs, your mediocre performances. Adhere to your special gifts, Nero - murder and arson, betrayal and terror. Mutilate your subjects if you must; but with my last breath I beg you - do not mutilate the arts. Fare well, but compose no more music. Brutalize the people, but do not bore them, as you have bored to death your friend, the late Gaius Petronius.

Petronius: [to Nero] You will be worthy of the spectacle - as the spectacle is worthy of you.

Petronius: [to Eunice] You ask why I do this. Because I love Nero, perhaps? He fills me with loathing!

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Sophia Loren's mother, Romilda Villani, also got a bit part as a slave girl.
Filmed at the new Cincecitta Studio in Rome, a long delayed production complex originally conceived by Benito Mussolini and Hal Roach under their proposed R.A.M. ("Roach and Mussolini") Corporation, which was ultimately aborted. This fascist business alliance horrified 1930s' studio moguls and ultimately led to Roach defecting from his MGM distribution deal to United Artists in 1937. This new studio complex offered massive sets and cheap Italian labor. It would be later utilized by many producers, including Federico Fellini.
The movie's huge box office success was credited with saving MGM from bankruptcy.
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