Cinema: Slapstick on the Tiber

The lavish ($6,500,000) production of MGM's supercolossal Quo Vadis, which was filmed with the help of 30,000 extras along the banks of the Tiber, amused some Italian onlookers almost as much as it impressed others. Last week in Rome, the Industrie Cinematografiche Sociali finished a good-humored satire called O.K. Nerone (rhymes with Peron-eh), a slapstick take-off on Quo Vadis in particular and extravagant U.S. movie spectacles in general.

Filmed among the neoclassic marble buildings built by Mussolini for a world's fair that never came off, Nerone centers on two sightseeing U.S. sailors who...

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