In my continuing quest to watch interesting old movies, I saw Quo Vadis (1951). Â The story takes place toward the end of Nero’s reign in Rome. Â Peter Ustinov plays Nero as a crazy egomaniac who loves his own terrible poetry. Â If the movie were only about Nero, it would be pretty dull, even though Ustinov is good.
The main conflict of the story is between an honored general, Marcus Vinicus, and a Christian hostage, Lygia, with whom Marcus falls in love. Â Of course, this is right before Nero decides to exterminate all the Christians.
An interesting addition to the story is Gaius Petronius, Marcus’ uncle and counsel to Nero. Â This would be the Petronius that is supposed to have written Satyricon.
It’s an interesting movie, even if some of the special effects are lacking.