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La corona di ferro (1941)

A crown, supposedly made from a nail out of the Cross of Christ and the metal of Roman swords, becomes a legend and a symbol of justice.

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Elisa Cegani ...
La madre di Elsa & Elsa
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Kavaora, madre di Tundra & Tundra
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La vecchia del fuso
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Licinio & Arminio, suo figlio
Osvaldo Valenti ...
Eriberto
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Klasa, il servo di Tundra
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A crown, supposedly made from a nail out of the Cross of Christ and the metal of Roman swords, becomes a legend and a symbol of justice.

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LAVISH SPECTACLE - Bigger than "Quo Vadis"..Greater than "Ben-Hur"..Gigantic Battle Scenes! Cast of 1,000's! See more »

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1941 (Turkey)  »

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Massimo Girotti plays two different roles in the film: Licinio and Arminio. His voice is dubbed over for both parts, as Licinio by Augusto Marcacci and as Arminio by Gualtiero De Angelis. See more »

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Palace intrigue and love story told via scene after scene that is poetic or spectacle
28 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some aspects of this movie are 10/10, and they include the fantastic visuals, the production, the staging of effects, the atmosphere, the scenes with many extras, the sets, and the whole mythology of it. The weaker aspects are some of the acting and the narrative of the story. Overall, if you are at all interested in the very look of what can be placed on the screen, you will not want to miss this movie. It is in some respects mesmerizing and unique. Great care went into the sets, costuming and filming, that's apparent.

I watched a nice clear restoration, it would appear, with clear subtitles. They had a few misspellings, but could be read easily and conveyed the story well.

You cannot pigeon hole the story or guess its course. It defies conventions and clichés and goes its own way. The story is the filming of a myth that takes place in the age of knights and tournaments and local kings with crowns and treasure. The main characters are an unpredictable king, his daughter, a young man (banished but who returns) born to a queen's maid, a woman who heads a rebellious group of former slaves and people on the outs, and a mysterious seer of a woman who appears every so often with a spinning wheel and interacts with some of the characters.

The king, who took his crown by fratricide, wanted a son but got a daughter. The ladies in the court tried to switch the girl for a boy born to one of them. This was discovered and the boy banished to the valley of the lions, and thought killed. Part of this related to the iron crown that is being transported to Rome and has been made from a nail that crucified Christ. This crown has myths surrounding it and powers, from which the king in vain tries to escape. The story takes place while the crown is temporarily lost and buried in the kingdom.

Eventually, the young man escapes and meets up with the woman who heads the ragtag rebellious, and also the king's daughter, of whom he has dreams and an apparent mission. He fights in the tournament, very different from the British style, and with one chariot like that in Ben-Hur.

All in all, quite a show. A true fantasy-spectacle.


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