FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE (1964) 16752

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Paramount Pictures Six Sheet 35mm original release. Fine Plus. Unbacked.

One of the last of the big Ancient World Epics, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE was directed by the great exteriorist Anthony Mann for larger than life producer Samuel Bronston. What do we remember about it other than its stellar score by the great Dimitri Tiomkin? It has a great cast including Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd (pictured on this poster), Alec Guinness, Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Omar Sharif and Anthony Quayle. This was the first GLADIATOR, as the story is much the same. It's clear that somewhere in the mix there was some admiration for this film. Shot in 70mm, the production values are sumptuous much in the same way that CLEOPATRA was, but without any of its wit. For all its interesting touches, it tends to bog down in its overall hugeness. The review in Time magazine for this film was succinct. The critic - and I believe it was Richard Schickel - wrote "And it fell, and it fell, and it fell." Still, they don't make them like this anymore.

Sir Christopher Plummer - Actor
JOHN IRELAND - Actor
James Mason - Actor
ANTHONY MANN - Director
Sophia Loren - Actor
MEL FERRER - Actor
Omar Sharif - Actor
Sir Anthony Quayle - Actor
Stephen Boyd - Actor
Sir Alec Guiness - Actor
Michael Gwynn - Actor
Finlay Currie - Actor

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