The Fall of the Roman Empire
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Though Fall of the Roman Empire is now infamous as the epic which destroyed the cinematic "empire" of producer Samuel Bronston, the film is actually an above-average historical drama, attempting to make sense of the political intrigues which resulted in the dissolution of the Glory That Was Rome. The film begins with wise, diplomatic emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) calling together the various representatives of the many nations within the Empire as a means of securing peace and prosperity for all involved. When Marcus intimates that he intends to turn over his crown to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Spectacular crowd scenes, costumes and snow-filled landscapes mix with intelligent, powerful pro-peace and Civil Rights commentary."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Put bluntly, the difference between El Cid and Fall is the difference between faith in a concept of heroism that can transcend even death."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"While The Fall of the Roman Empire is even more technically assured than El Cid, it's less interesting narrative-wise."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"From back in the day when epic meant upwards of 10,000 extras, gargantuan sets, and 122-piece orchestras...in other words, CGI is for wimps."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"... surely the most magnificent period piece of its era."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An above average epic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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