Cinema: Hollywood on the Tiber

While most of the U.S. movie industry was prudently cutting production costs at home last week, its biggest studio was on a spending jag in Rome. Using $4,000,000 in blocked Italian lire and $1,000,000 in frozen sterling (for British actors), M-G-M began production on what promised to be the most colossal film spectacle of all time.

After a decade of dickering for the rights, Metro was filming Quo Vadis? (Where Are You Going?), Henry Sienkiewicz' flamboyant old (1895) novel of Nero's Rome. Filmed three times before on a much smaller scale (once by the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!