Year: 2003
Format: Miniseries 2x90'
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Co-production: Rai Fiction, Lux Vide, Eos, Rai Trade, Quinta Communications
"Those who govern are not allow to be weak. No matter how much suffering this may cause themselves or others". These Augustus' words as he sends his daughter into exile for being the mistress of his worst enemy. Words which encapsulate his whole philosophy of life.
The film recounts two stages of the fascinating life of Emperor Augustus: the vertiginous rise to power of the valiant young Augustus who defeats his enemies in order to fulfil Caesar's dreams; and the last struggle of the old Emperor against destiny, fate and his family as he tries to find a suitable successor.
The two plots interweave throughout the film by means of a ingenious dramatic expedient as the old Augustus tells his daughter of the glorious days of his youth.
Augusto: Peter O'Toole
Livia: Charlotte Rampling
Giulia: Vittoria Belvedere
Augusto da giovane: Benjamin sadler
Marco Agrippa: Ken Duken
Mecenate: Russel Barr
Iullo: Juan Diego Botto
Livia da giovane: Martina Stella
Azia: Valeria D'Obici
Lepido: Michael Reale
Cleopatra: Anna Valle
Giulio Cesare: Gerard Klein
Marco Antonio: Massimo Ghini
Directed by: Roger Young
Screeplay: Eric Lerner
Basata su elaborati di: Franco Bernini, Gianmario Pagano
Story editors: Francesco Arlanch, Fernando Muraca
Dir. of Photography: Giovanni Galasso
Production Designer: Carmelo Agate
Set Decorator: Titus Vossberg
Costumes Designer: Paolo Scalabrino
Editor: Alessandro Lucidi
Music: Pino Donaggio
Produced by: Luca Bernabei
Executive producer: Salvatore Morello