Skip to content

The Epic That Never Was…

August 1, 2016

Today is Claudius’ birthday.



I finally got around to it.  I dug out the extra DVD that came with my box set of Jack Pullman’s BBC adaptation of I Claudius and played it. In 1965, the BBC got Dirk Bogarde to narrate a documentary about the attempt in the late 1930s by Alexander Korda to make a movie of I Claudius by Robert Graves starring Charles Laughton.  We are now rather further from the documentary than the documentary was from the abortive film, giving the documentary a peculiarly distant feel.  Dirk Bogarde is, of course, supremely elegant and seductive as a guide and we meet many of the principles – though not of course Laughton who had died just a few years earlier. Merle Oberon (Messalina) looks as though the intervening 28 years had made no mark on her.  The film was abandoned after she became involved in a near fatal car accident.  Flora…

View original post 594 more words


From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: