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Ancient Civilizations in Film

Julius Caesar (1953)

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr. Shakespearean classic that provides a portrait of the political infighting and lust for power of a turbulent, blood-stained era. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Sargemt, Seymour H. "Julius Caesar and the historical film." English Journal v 61 Feb 1972. p. 230-3+

Julius Caesar (1970)

Directed by Stuart Burge. Cast: : Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Richard Johnson, Robert Vaughn, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Rigg. Film adaptation of Shakespeare's play depicting the successful conspiracy to assasinate the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. 116 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Sargemt, Seymour H. "Julius Caesar and the historical film." English Journal v 61 Feb 1972. p. 230-3+

Julius Caesar (1979)

Cast: Richard Pasco, Keith Michell, Charles Gray, David Collings, Virginia McKenna. Presents a dramatization of William Shakespeare's play entitled Julius Caesar. 180 min. ;
Reviews and articles: Sargemt, Seymour H. "Julius Caesar and the historical film." English Journal v 61 Feb 1972. p. 230-3+

King of Kings (1927)

Director, Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: H.B. Warner, Jacqueline Logan, Rudolph Schildkraut, Dorothy Cummings, Ernest Torrence, Montagu Love, Sam De Grasse. An ostentatious retelling of the life of Christ that sealed DeMille's reputation as a master of the biblical epic. The film recounts the teachings of the humble carpenter but also the blasphemies of the Roman Empire in all its sinful splendor. 115 min. ; ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis, James Robertson Justice, Sydney Chaplin, Kerima, Carlo D'Angelo. The Great Pharaoh orders architect Vashtar to build him the highest pyramid in the world as his tomb. 15 years have passed and his treasury is dwindling, so he marries Princess Nellifer, but she is as ruthless as she is beautiful. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Prince of Egypt (1998)

Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells. Voices: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart. A musical animated adaptation of the story of Moses. Two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past grow up the best of friends. But the truth will ultimately set them apart, as one becomes the ruler of a powerful empire, while the other is revealed as the chosen leader of the Jewish people, destined to free them from bondage. 99 min.

Quo Vadis (1951)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov. Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets and falls in love with the devout Christian, Lygia. She doesn't want to have anything to do with the warrior. Though Lygia grew up Roman, and as the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome. Marcus gets Emperor Nero to give her to him for services rendered. Lygia is not happy about this situation, but she falls in love with Marcus anyway. Meanwhile, Nero's atrocities get more outrageous.

Roman Legion-Hare (1955)

Animated short. Directed by Friz Freleng. Yosemite Sam, as head of a Roman legion, is ordered by Emperor Nero to find a victim to toss to the lions. Or else, he'll be the victim. Sam meets up with Bugs Bunny and decides Bugs will make a good victim. But it's Sam and Nero who end up as lion food.

Roman Orgy (L'Orgie romaine) (France, 1911)

Directed by Louis Feuillade. The dissolute Emperor Heliogabalus dresses as a woman, and looses lions among his guests. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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