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IMPERIUM - Nero

 
Title: IMPERIUM - Nero
Original title: IMPERIUM - Nero
Format: 2 x two hours
Starring: Hans Matheson
Laura Morante
Rike Schmid
Angela Molina
John Simm
Matthias Habich
Philippe Caroit
Ian Richardson
Massimo Dapporto
Jean Rochefort
Jochen Horst
Simón Andreu
Directed by: Paul Marcus
Produced by: A Coproduction by Rai Fiction, LuxVide, Eos Entertainment, Rai Trade and Nero Production in association with Bluestar Movies, LuxVide, Quinta Communications and Carthago Film
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IMPERIUM - Nero

The obscure face of power

The Emperor Caligula has gone mad. He kills his sister's husband for conspirancy and exiles his sister Agrippina to a remote island, far from her beloved son, Lucius who will go down in the history books as Nero. Eight year-old Lucius is sent to live with his Aunt Domitia, who has her slaves bring him up. The boy is particularly fond of Appollonius, a greek actor, and the man's beautiful daughter Acte. But Nero's happiness ends when Caligula is killed by his generals and
succedeed by the emperor Claudius, who ends Agrippina's unjust exile. Nero is reunited with his mother. Agrippina's one goal is to make her son a ruler of the Roman Empire. She gets rid of Messalina, Claudius' dissolute wife. She seduces the emperor and convinces him to marry her and adopt Nero, When Claudius comes bach from Brittania he informs Agrippina that Britannicus, his natural son, will succeed him rather than Nero. Suddenly Claudius dies, probably poisoned by Agrippina. Nero, thanks to a counterfeited will, becomes emperor. His first official act is to present Acte as his future bride. The Roman nobility is indignant. The populace overjoyed. With help of Seneca, Nero sets up a series of political reforms. The negative effect on the rich senators lead them to consider replacing Nero with Britannicus. Agrippina sees her son 's position threatened and, through deception and the help of Seneca, forces him to kill Claudius's son. Acte leaves Nero, refusing to stand by a man who agrees to kill an innocent victim. Nero has his own mother, Agrippina, murdered in order to free himself from her hold. Acte is introduced to the Christian faith by Paul of Tarsus. Nero, seduced by Poppaea, gradually goes mad. Not even an encounter with Acte gives him hope. Fire devastates the city of Rome. Nero blames the Christian community and begins constructing the Domus Aurea. Paul of Tarsus and other friends of Acte are persecuted. The situation gets out of control. The army rebels against Nero. Abandoned by all, he commits suicide. Only Acte is concerned enough to ensure that his body receives a dignified burial. Love and true Christian spirit allow her to see the lonely, tormented man behind the monstrous mask.