Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1924 Film Version of >>Quo Vadis<< Discovered in Vatican Archive

In the Vatican film archive a copy of an early filming of the novel >>Quo Vadis<<  by Henry Sienkiewicz was discovered.

Vatican City (kath.net/KNA)  IN the Vatican film archive a copy of an earlier film treatment of a novel by >>Quo Vadis<< by Henry Sienkiewicz has been discovered.   It is a German-Italian production by Gabriellino D'Annunzio and Georg Jacoby from 1924, as it was reported by the Vatican newspaper "Osservatore Romano" on Tuesday.  The silent film was not cataloged all this time.  It is was stored with other highly flammable celluloid films in low temperatures, now the rare find must be transferred to safer material, it read.

The discovered film also included, said the paper, a remake of  Enrico Guazzonis' monumental film from 1912.  The most famous adaption of the love story of a Roman general for a Christian is the US-American production of 1951 with Peter Ustinov as Kaiser Nero.  The Vatican film archive was established by Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) to collect and preserve films of church life and cultural significance.  The collection contains more than 7,000 films.

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