Nero / Nerone (1909)

1.5 out of 5

No by any stretch of the imagination the epic that this title had the potential to be the film, nevertheless, benefits from a decent stab at recreating ancient Rome but does this with painted backgrounds rather than location work.

The action is confusing in this tepid Luigi Maggi directed silent short as the cast do not act as such but instead stand around in costume until the next intertitle makes sense of all the milling around and the grand finale, with Rome in flames, looks like a fire in a wastepaper basket.

Despite being a slice of cinematic history the far too many flaws in Nero make it a less than essential viewing experience.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics