Quo Vadis, 1924

Quo Vadis? (1924) was supposed to be a money-making peplum-style super-production launched by the bankruptcy-facing Unione Cinematografia Italiana. Intended as an export commodity from the start, the film was given an international cast led by German actor Emil Jannings playing Nero and listed first in the credits. The film was directed by Italy’s Gabriellino D’Annunzio (son of Gabrielle D’Annunzio) and Germany’s Georg Jacoby. Despite the involvement of reputed artists, the 1924 Quo Vadis? was a box-office flop remembered mainly for conflicts on the film’s set and accident-plagued production.