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The Affairs of Messalina (1951)

Messalina (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 1 November 1952 (USA)
A story, set in Rome of 44 A.D., concerning the amorous and political intrigues of the evil Empress Messalina, the wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and her eventual hounding to death.

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Messalina / Messaline (as Maria Felix)
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Caio Silvio / Caius Silvius
Memo Benassi ...
Claudio / Claude
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Cinzia
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Timo / Timus
Carlo Ninchi ...
Tauro / Taurus
Camillo Pilotto ...
Ottavio / Octave
Jean Tissier ...
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Valerio / Valerius Asiaticus
Germaine Kerjean ...
Ave Ninchi ...
Locusta / Locuste
Michel Vitold ...
Narciso / Narcissus
Giuseppe Varni ...
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Luigi Almirante ...
Il gioielliere / Le joallier
Lamberto Picasso ...
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A story, set in Rome of 44 A.D., concerning the amorous and political intrigues of the evil Empress Messalina, the wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and her eventual hounding to death.

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A captivating Messalina...
20 November 2006 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

Maria Felix in the title role is a captivating Messalina because she portrays this unlovely character with a full range of emotions...imperious and haughty, winsome and cajoling while cozening her dotard husband, needy and pleading with her main lover Caius Cilius (Georges Marchal), cold and calculating as she casually murders a young smitten boy, and ultimately terrified when her crafty machinations go awry and she is bereft of any friends or allies. Though taking great liberty with actual historical events, the film presents the most notorious woman in Roman history as a many-faceted complex person of deep and dark passions who comes to an ignominious end through her excesses and folly. And the magnificent Maria is up to the challenge, giving the best portrait of Messalina on screen to date. She ruthlessly pursues her treasonous agenda while "foolish" Emperor Claudius devotes his attention to one of his pet projects, dredging the silted-up port of Brindisi to free it for shipping.


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