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The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Michal Waszynski and Samuel Bronston.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinNominated
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Commodus: Livius, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the gods laughing!


Victorinus: We're in command now Livius, the throne is yours.
Senator: Gaius Mettelus Livius, the people are asking for you.
Livius: You would not find me very suitable, because my first official act would be to have you all crucified.


Livius: A few days longer, Caesar, we'll bring you his head.
Marcus Aurelius: No Livius, please don't bring me his head. I wouldn't know what to do with it.


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The film was originally intended to be made after El Cid and to reunite Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. The set for the Forum Romanum was actually being built when Heston rejected the script but expressed an interest in '55 Days at Peking' instead. Samuel Bronston immediately ordered that the work on the Forum be stopped and the landscaping and foundation work be adapted for the Peking set. After filming, the Peking set was torn down and replaced by the Forum. If you look carefully, both sets share a very similar topography.
Stephen Boyd replaced Charlton Heston
At 1312 by 754 ft., the Roman Forum still holds the record as the largest outdoor set ever built for a film.
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