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dates: February through June 1963
Robert Krasker -(Technicolor, Ultra-Pana Vision)
Art direction and costume design:
Veniero Colasanti, John Moore
Sophia's Hair Stylist:
Grazia De Rossi
Michael Waszynski (Bronston Productions)
Jamie Pradez (Roma Films)
Sophia receives $1 million for her role in the film, which makes her the highest paid actress in the world in 1964. The movie has a moderate success in the international market but cannot recoup its $25 million investment Producer Samuel Bronston goes bankrupt and will never make another film.
Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd, Anthony Quayle and producer Sam Bronston all proclaim they are in love with Sophia during the shooting of the film.
Basilio Franchina is hired to do some rewriting of the script and to serve as technical adviser.
A doctor orders Sophia to bed for a few days after she suffers a virus infection on the set on May 3.
"...the statuesque presence of Loren reminds one of what Rome can offer in grace and richness."
Sight and Sound
"Sophia Loren is ornamental, without intelligence or sex, as Commodus' beautiful sister, who for some strange reason loves the general."
Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 27 mar 1964
"As Lucilla, Sophia Loren plays a character with a strong will and emotional depth, but a woman whose heart rules her aristocratic mind. Rich, regal and determined to carry out her father's dream for the empire, she is at the same time the epitome of womanly beauty and seductiveness."
The Post-Standard, 14 jun 1964
"The protagonist if Sofia Loren. Beautiful as always, naturally. But much more genuine and sincere in characters such as the Pizzaiola or the Ciociara, because the tinsel and wigs often dampen her impetus and dash."
Gian Luigi Rondi, Il Tempo, 20 nov 1964
"You tell Sophia something to do in the scene and she mirrors it instantly. She doesn't come prepared, like many actresses do. She prefers to progress with the scene through rehearsal."