~Quo Vadis?~
~Emil Jannings~
~Plot Synopsis~
Although not as much of a cinematic landmark as the 1913 version of Quo Vadis?, this 1924 Italian
adaptation of the Henryk Sienkiewicz best-seller was a splendidly lavish production, not to
mention a worldwide box-office success. The basic story of Emperor Nero's politically motivated
persecution of the early Christians, and of the "conversion" of an agnostic Roman warrior via the
love of a virtuous Christian girl, was as usual subordinated to spectacle, especially in the "burning
of Rome" scenes and the climactic carnage in the gladiatorial arena. Emil Jannings, to whom
subtlety was a stranger, tackles the role of Nero with lusty abandon, making this already
larger-than-life historical personality even more so. The subsequent Hollywood popularity of Emil
Jannings prompted a reissue of Quo Vadis? in 1929, reportedly with a newly recorded musical

Hal Erickson, Allmovie.com
Directed by:
Gabriellino D'Annunzio    
Georg Jacoby

Written by:
Gabriellino D'Annunzio - writer
Georg Jacoby - writer
Henryk Sienkiewicz - novel

Gildo Bocci   
Elga Brink ...  Domittila
Bruto Castellani ...  Ursus
Rina De Liguoro ...  Eunica
Alfons Fryland ...  Vinicius
Andrea Habay ...  Petronius
Lillian Hall-Davis ...  Licia
Emil Jannings ...  Nerone
Arnold Kent ...  Una guardia (as Lido Manetti)
Marcella Sabbatini ...  Una bimba
Elena Sangro ...  Poppea (as Elena Di Sangro)
Raimondo Van Riel ...  Tigellinus
Gino Viotti ...  Chilonides
Lucia Zanussi
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Unione Cinematografica Italiana

Released by: First National Pictures

Produced by: Arturo Ambrosio
Cinematography by:
Curt Courant        
Alfredo Donelli        
Giovanni Vitrotti    
Set Direction by:
R. Ferro        
G. Spellani
Costumes by: Armando Brasini

Length: 9 Reels
Runtime: 90 minutes
Released: February 15, 1915