Nero's Weekend

Mio figlio Nerone (literally: My Son Nero), released in the US as Nero's Mistress is a 1956 Italian historical comedy film directed by Steno and starring Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Gloria Swanson and Brigitte Bardot, with cinematography by Mario Bava.[2] It depicts a visit by the Roman Emperor Nero and his entourage to a coastal villa.

Nero's Weekend
-Mio figlio Nerone-
Directed bySteno
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
Written byStefano Vanzina, Alberto Sordi, Rodolfo Sonego, Sandro Continenza
StarringAlberto Sordi
Vittorio De Sica
Gloria Swanson
Brigitte Bardot
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
CinematographyMario Bava
Edited byMario Serandrei
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
95 min
Box office571,983 admissions (France)[1]

The movie was released in Italy in September 1956 and in France in October 1957.[3] The US dub, released in 1962, was recut to a substantially different film, shifting the emphasis from Agrippina to Poppaea (as the title reflects).[4]


The young emperor Nero proves himself spoiled, childish and unable to cope with the government of Rome. The domineering mother Agrippina and the wise philosopher Seneca try to make change the personality of the emperor, but nothing can make Nero into a wise and honorable regent. Agrippina then take advantage of a poetic and theatrical failure of Nero to kill him and take over the government of Rome. Seneca initially supported the woman, but then a double game and Nero warns about the conspiracy. Agrippina, smart, lays the blame on the Christians and of Seneca, who could be sentenced to death. However Nero easily deceived again and proved magnanimous, forgiving all.
The trouble starts at court for the umpteenth time when Nero finds out that Seneca had lied about the "poetic art" of the emperor, saying to the people that Nero sings and performs worse than a stupid monkey ...



The movie was filmed in 1955 with interior scenes filmed at Rome's Cinecitta studio.[3]

The movie is notable for the first appearance of Brigitte Bardot as a blonde. A natural brunette, she was asked by the director to appear as a blonde as he felt that it was appropriate to her character of a intriguing and alluring treacherous woman. Rather than wear a wig Bardot decided to dye her hair. She was so pleased with the results that she decided to retain the hair colour.[3]


  1. Box office information at Box Office Story
  3. Servat, Henry-Jean (2016). Brigitte Bardot - My Life in Fashion (Hardback)|format= requires |url= (help). Paris: Flammation S.A. ISBN 978-2--08-0202697. Page 76.

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