Luigi Maggi takes on the decline and fall of Emperor Nero, famed for his inappropriate love of music and his propensity to play with matches. This film was made in 1909 and looks it but it has what the Italians call oomph.
The acting is stagey but the performers are enthusiastic and the whole thing is helped along considerably by attractive special effects and dramatic vignettes. It’s only ten minutes, well worth your time.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Turns out burning Rome wasn’t such a good idea.
If it were a dessert it would be: Fruit Gushers. Small but mighty.
Availability: Nero has been released on DVD as part of Kino Lorber’s The Movies Begin box set.
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