FALL OF ROME (1963) directed by Antonio Margheriti!
Rare Historical Actioner from director Antonio Margheriti
director: Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)
starring: Carl Mohner · Loredana Nusciak · Ida Galli ·
Andrea Aureli · Maria Grazi Buccella · James Dolen
to be confused with Anthony Mann's bloated Hollywood spectacle The
Fall of the Roman Empire in 1964, this Italian actioner was
directed the year before by Italian cult fave Antonio Margheriti. The
story begins shortly after the death of ruler Constantine, as regional
successor Junio resumed the practice of persecution against Christians.
Among those suspects was a centurion named Marcus who manages to escape
the round-up with his sister Licia. They embark on a journey to the
consul Gaius searching for asylum. Roman soldiers are searching the
countryside for Marcus and his sister is killed in a scrimage. A tribe
of barbarians come to his rescue and before long Marcus becomes friendly
with female fighter named Svetla. Eventially, Marcus is promised freedom
for all Christians if he agrees to fight in the arena. He and Svetia
accept the challenge. But then during the tournement, Rome is ravaged
by a sudden, deadly earthquake.
Margheriti made 60 movies in the 40 years between 1960 and 2000. He
is best known for Lee Van Cleef's Spaghetti Western STRANGER
AND THE GUNFIGHTER and the horrific CANNIBAL
APOCAPYPSE. However, he is generally accepted as one of the
ten best European Cult Directors. Mr Margheriti died from heart failure
at age 72 in November 2002.
Italian film in English language with optional Greek subtitles; widescreen
format (16:9), fully uncut version (89 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION
NTSC, playable on any American machine. Extras include trailers.