The Fall of Rome (film)

The Fall of Rome (Italian: Il crollo di Roma) is a 1963 Italian peplum film written and directed by Antonio Margheriti.[4][5]

The Fall of Rome
Directed byAntonio Margheriti
Produced byMarco Vicario[1]
Screenplay by
  • Gianni Astolfi
  • Mauro Mancini
  • Antonio Margheriti[2]
Music byRiz Ortolani[1]
Edited byRenato Cinquini[1]
Atlantica Cinematografica[1]
Release date
  • February 28, 1963 (1963-02-28) (Italy)
Running time
89 minutes


Immediately following the death of Constantine the proconsul Junio resumed the persecutions against Christians. Among them is the centurion Mark, who manages to escape arrest and, together with her sister Licia, sets out on a journey to the consul Gaius. Attacked by soldiers of Valerio, Marco is saved with the help of a barbarian tribe, but loses Licia. Junio promises to Marco that all Christians will be freed if he agrees to fight in the arena and manages to defeat all his opponents. Accompanied by Svetla, a girl barbarian, Marco fights and returns freedom to Christians, but suddenly an earthquake strikes.



Fall of Rome was released in Italy on February 28, 1963.[2][3]


The Monthly Film Bulletin stated that outside "picturesque outdoor scenery" and "quite a lot of spectacular destruction", the film was otherwise "a completely routine affair", noting that the story comes to a complete halt when Marcus achieves victory in the arena.[1]


  1. "Crollo di Roma, Il (Rome in Flames), Italy, 1962". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 30 no. 348. London: British Film Institute. 1963. p. 115.
  2. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 55.
  3. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 56.
  4. Roberto Poppi, Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 2007. ISBN 8884405033.
  5. Gianfranco Casadio. I mitici eroi: il cinema "peplum" nel cinema italiano dall'avvento del sonoro a oggi (1930-1993). Longo, 2007. ISBN 8880635298.


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.

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