Quo Vadis? is a 1913 film directed by Enrico Guazzoni, based on the 1896 novel of the same name. It was arguably the first blockbuster in the history of cinema, with 5,000 extras, lavish sets, and a running time of two hours, setting the standard for “superspectacles” for decades to come.
A worldwide success, it was the first film to be projected in a first-class Broadway theater, where it was screened for nine months from April to December 1913. The film’s first screening in London was for King George V, who complimented the performers. Another Italian director, Giovanni Pastrone, would direct Cabiria (1914) – which holds many similarities with Quo Vadis, but is longer, more thematically complex, and visually spectacular.
Director: Enrico Guazzoni
Writers: Henryk Sienkiewicz (novel), Enrico Guazzoni
Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena, Amelia Cattaneo