#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Series Online Free – This mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 B.C.) to Claudius’ own death in 54 A.D. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus’ attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius’ own troubled period of rule. Plot: Acclaimed blackly comic historical drama series. Set amidst a web of power, corruption and lies, it chronicles the reigns of the Roman emperors – Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and finally Claudius.
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A few vital details
I won’t add to the many superlatives ascribed to this wonderful series, well-deserved though they are. But I would like to point out a few vital details that help explain just why it is so wonderful.
(1) Much has been said about Siân Phillips’ intense projection of evil, but just how does she do it? If you watch carefully, you’ll see she never blinks in her close-up takes, some of which are very long. This gives her a snakelike appearance, which enhances her voice and cold beauty in imparting such an air of menace to everything she says.
(2) Much has also been said about the lack of expensive sets, location shots, or special effects. But the point is that this series is successful because of these apparent deficiencies and not despite them. So much modern cinema and TV is swamped by expensive irrelevances to the detriment of the basics — writing, acting, and timing. ‘I Claudius’ shows just how important these things are, and how unimportant those expensive special effects can be.
(3) I had the good fortune to read both books before the series was made, and then to watch it with a critical eye. It was satisfying to see such an expert adaptation, but especially so to see how the central point of the story has not been lost: the inability of any ruler, however powerful, to control what happens at the end of the long chain of command that inevitably forms. I found this a message of lifelong importance in both politics and management, and it is rare indeed that such a remarkable piece of drama and entertainment is also so fundamentally educational.
Claudius the God
One of the true masterpieces of British television, I Claudius is very theatric in style and production and relies on a limited amount of backgrounds and on no-too-convincing makeup effects, but the acting and dialog are so good that none of it matters, and the story recreates Roman high society so well, it’s very easy to forget just how much like a theater stage the sets look.
I Claudius is a perfect adaptation of Robert Graves’ fantastic novel. Just like the novel, its accuracy as a historical document is dubious at best – the novel was a fictional presentation of emperor Claudius’ fictional autobiography, and made its own speculations on many of the events depicted, and the series does the same; Cladudius, believed by many historians to have been a barely competent, half-witted, and often cruel and violent leader, is in Graves’ account the wisest and most sane man in the Roman empire; considering the fact that the story is presented from his viewpoint, though, that actually makes a lot of sense. Anyway, it doesn’t matter much, because the depiction of Roman life and politics is incredibly effective and compelling, and very informative too, as long as you take it with a pinch of salt.
The cast is perfect too, and it breathes life and energy into what might have become, with lesser actors, a slowly-moving and difficult watch, turning it into a compelling and involving drama. Some of the UK’s finest actors start out here, and some experienced TV actors make standout roles; for some it’s the role of a career. Brian Blessed, George Baker and John Hurt are fantastic and unforgettable as emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula respectively. Hurt and Blessed are wonderfully over the top, while George Baker gives what is arguably the most subtle and best performance of the series; also fantastic are the very young (with hair!) Patrick Stewart, and of course Sian Phliips as the ambitious and ruthless Livia.
Then there’s Derek Jacobi as Claudius – the role that made his career. Jacobi is endearing and impressive as the emperor, and he completed the PR makeover that Robert Graves started from him years before, turning him into the most popular Roman emperor in contemporary times. The series’ main flaw though, is that it compresses the whole of the second novel – the period of Claudius’ days as emperor – into barely three episodes, which means that many of his accomplishments are skipped, while a lot more emphasis is put on his failure at family life and on his superstitious nature, making his reign seem like the lowest possible point of his life. It’s forgivable, though, because that means that Blessed, Baker and Hurt get much more screen time, and let’s face it – bad emperors are much more interesting than good ones.
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Original Language en
Original Title I, Claudius
Total Seasons 1
Released 06 Nov 1977
Release Year 1976
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Actors Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips
Country United Kingdom
Awards Won 1 Primetime Emmy. 7 wins & 5 nominations total
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