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The Emperor Caligula has gone mad. Murdering his sister's husband for conspiracy, he exiles her and takes her son Lucius, who begins his historical legacy as Nero. Revenge, bloodlust and deception haunt Nero's rule. Afraid and paranoid, Nero eventually faces his own army as an enemy and falls victim to the Rome he once ruled.

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  • Actors: Simón Andreu, Hans Matheson, Laura Morante, Rike Schmid
  • Directors: Paul Marcus
  • Producers: Luca Bernabei
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OFZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nero" on IMDb

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Being a long time student of Ancient Roman history I was greatly looking forward to this screen depiction of the life of the Emperor Nero, one of Rome's most controversial Emperors famed for his persecution of the Christians and the cold blooded murder of most of his own family. It mystifies me as to why the film makers took the direction they did in depicting Nero as an innocent victim of his surroundings and upbringing when in actual fact the real Nero was far from ever being that. Perhaps in these "revisionist", times it isn't considered fashionable to show a famous, or in Nero's case I should say "infamous", figure as completely without some redeeming characteristics? It is hard to tell but I believe what would have been far more interesting to see would have been a cinematic study of the "real", Nero, complex and gruesomely fascinating character that he was, who rather than being a victim of circumstances was actually someone who struck terror into everyone close to him and who was solely responsible for the cold blooded murder of totally innocent family members, senators and most famously of all the early Christians, during his reign as Rome's fifth Emperor.

All the above is not to say that this production of "Nero", is not an interesting film to watch. Quite the opposite actually and if the viewer examines the film in the knowledge that it is above all else well constructed historical fiction it actually can be seen as a first rate production in regards to solid performances, excellent costumes and authentic historical settings that reveal a great deal of care and attention to detail being put into its planning. However for any individual with a good knowledge of Nero's reign and the personalities that inhabited it, viewing this production of "Nero", can easily become an extremely frustrating viewing experience as one piece of historical fantasy follows another.
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Let's see, where to start?

1. Nero's parents call him "Nero" when he is a very young boy, but his birth name was Lucius Domitius, and he didnt style himself "Nero" until he was adopted by the Emperor Claudius.

2. In this film, Nero appears to come of age during the reign of the Emperor Caligula (who is called "Caligula" throughout the film, but was always referred to by his real name, Gaius, during his reign.) Problem is, Nero was only three years old when Gaius was assasinated. Gaius only ruled for four years, but the film makes it seem like his reign was much longer.

3. On the other hand, the reign of Claudius which followed lasted for 13 years, yet seems to be severely truncated in this film. Nero doesnt age at all during the reign of Claudius. In fact, Nero was only 16 years old when he became Emperor.

4. Nero simply stops aging at some point in this film. He rules for fourteen years but does not seem to age a day. Did this film even consult a makeup artist?

5. The plot to replace Nero with General Galba seems to be lifted straight out of Quo Vadis. Actually, several Roman generals revolted against Nero's rule at about the same time, and Galba was merely the first to reach Rome to take the Purple. His reign lasted less than half a year.

There is much, much more. Needless to say there is very little to recommend this film. I haven't watched Augustus yet, but if it's by the same people who made this waste of time, I probably wont waste my time.
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This made-for-television production of Nero is certainly one of the most dour affairs I've come across in the genre. There's death and deceit at nearly every turn with nary a hint of the imperial grandeur and subtle humor that marked much of its sister production Augustus with Peter O'Toole and Charlotte Rampling. In my Amazon review of the latter, I wrote: "I come to any filmed historical drama with a sense that the actual history will always be "bent" to fit the narrative point-of-view, so any omissions or embellishments of fact and character don't bother me unless they are egregious enough to ruin the entire enterprise". I also wrote that Augustus was "worthy of comparison to [the BBC production of] I, Claudius, but certainly not its equal". Nero attempts no such high pretensions. Instead, we get a flagrantly revisionist story of ill-fated romance and heavy-handed intrigues with spatterings of historical references and ultimately a denouement of Christian apologia that seems an afterthought rather than part of the fabric of the scenario. We're actually asked to feel sorry for and even "forgive" one whose reputation is that of being among history's most contemptible tyrants. I suppose it's an interesting twist on conventional notions of who Nero actually was, if only we could be made to believe half of what's put forth here!

In this teleplay, Nero's (Hans Matheson) love interest from his youth, a lovely and angelic slave by the name of Acte (Rike Schmid), eventually identifies and becomes enmeshed with the Roman Christians who include Paul of Tarsus.
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