Classical Roman Films

 

DVDs with Classical Roman Cultural Content


Augustus
Director: Roger Young
2005 (2003)
Caesar has been assassinated. As the Roman Empire struggles to regain itself, a young Emperor steps forward, prepared to claim the abandoned throne. This is an epic tale of political intrigue, heroism, villainy and of Augustus’ love for one woman. 178 min. English.
Call number: DVD augu

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Director: Richard Lester
2000 (1966)
Based on the comedies of Plautus. Zero Mostel portrays a conniving slave who uses his wiles to attain his freedom during the days of the Roman Empire. 97 min. English.
Call number: DVD funn

Gladiator
Director: Ridley Scott
2005 (2000)
A Roman general refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new Emperor, Commodus. He becomes a slave and then a gladiator, fighting in the Roman Colosseum in defiance of the Emperor. 171 min. English.
Call number: DVD glad

Rome: The Complete First Season
Director: HBO Mini-series
2006
Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. 720 min. English.
Call number: DVD rome

Rome: The Complete Second Season
Director: HBO Mini-series
2007
In the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar’s demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar’s will as his only son and heir. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy. 600 min. English.
Call number: DVD rome S2

Pacifica
Director: Jacob Garber
2009
American teenagers, living in a California beach community, cope with difficult choices and current teen issues as they struggle to find their way in an increasingly complicated and dangerous world. Four episodes. 122 min. Latin.
Call number: DVD paci

Spartacus
Directors: Mann & Kubrick
1998 (1960)
Spartacus is the bold gladiator slave who leads a massive slave revolt against Imperial Rome in this epic true account of man’s eternal struggle for freedom. 196 min. English.
Call number: DVD spar

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Director: Michael Hoffman
1999
Shakespeare’s play features Ovid’s story of Pyramus and Thisbe. 120 min. English.
Call number: DVD mids

Satyricon
Director: Federico Fellini
1999 (1969)
Fellini recreates the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero’s reign in ancient Rome and its lack of concern with human dignity and obsession with perverse sex. The film is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society. In Italian. 129 min.
Call number: DVD saty

Titus
Director: Julie Taymor
2000
Dramatization of William Shakepeare’s tragedy. Set in early Rome, this is the saga of a noble man cruelly betrayed and brutally persecuted — ultimately driven to madness and murder by the “wilderness of tigers” of the Roman court. 162 min. English.
Call number: DVD titu


VHS tapes in English with Classical Roman Cultural Content


Antony and Cleopatra
Director: Jon Scoffield
1993 (1974)
Performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 161 min.
Call number: VHS PR 2802 .A23 1993

Antony and Cleopatra
Director: Lawrence Carra
1983
183 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .A4 1983 pt.1-2

Ben-Hur
Director: William Wyler
1988 (1959)
The story of a Jewish prince, set in the time of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity. 211 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B45 1988

Cleopatra
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1992 (1963)
Cleopatra seeks to stabilize her power using romance and political tensions within the encrouching Roman Empire. With Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 246 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .C594

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
Director: Richard Lester
1990 (1966)
Based on the comedies of Plautus. Zero Mostel portrays a conniving slave who uses his wiles to attain his freedom during the days of the Roman Empire. 97 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .F85

Titus Andronicus
Director: Christopher Dunne
2000
Dramatization of William Shakepeare’s tragedy. Set in early Rome, this is the saga of a noble man cruelly betrayed and brutally persecuted — ultimately driven to madness and murder by the “wilderness of tigers” of the Roman court. 146 min.
Call number: VHS PR 2835 .A2 D8 2000