"Quo Vadis?" by Enrico Guazzoni and "Quo Vadis?" by Gabriellino D’Annunzio: Production – Dramaturgy – Reception
"Quo Vadis?" by Enrico Guazzoni and "Quo Vadis?" by Gabriellino D’Annunzio: Production – Dramaturgy – Reception

Author(s): Anna Miller-Klejsa
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Sociology of Art
Published by: Uniwersytet Gdański
Keywords: fiction’s film version

Summary/Abstract: The paper concentrates on two feature films based upon Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel about ancient Rome – "Quo Vadis?" (dir. Enrico Guazzoni [1913]) and "Quo Vadis?" (dir. Gabriellino D’Annunzio, Georg Jacoby [1925]). Both films belong to the peplum genre, popular during the era of silent cinema. The paper reconstructs production circumstances of both films as well as their historical reception. It is argued that both films can be seen through the prism of socio-political contexts, including the colonial ambitions of the Italian state.

  • Issue Year: 25/2017
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 246-260
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English