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The Queen of Sheba (1952)
"La regina di Saba" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 November 1952 (Italy)
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The Queen of Sheba falls in love with the King of Israel. The King of Israel, however, is in love with someone else.

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Credited cast:
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Gino Cervi ...
Gino Leurini ...
Marina Berti ...
Zamira, betrothed of Rehoboam
Franco Silva ...
Kabaal, commander of the Sheban army
Mario Ferrari ...
Chaldis, High Priest of Sheba
Isa Pola ...
Tabuia, leader of the handmaidens
Nyta Dover ...
Kinor, a handmaiden
Umberto Silvestri ...
Isachar, companion of Rehoboam
Dorian Gray ...
Ati
Franca Tamantini ...
The False Mother
Fulvia Mammi ...
Ugo Sasso
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Maria Bernardini
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The Queen of Sheba falls in love with the King of Israel. The King of Israel, however, is in love with someone else. The Queen, royally ticked off, invades Israel. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Fabulous Spectacle! Colorful Magnificence! Barbaric Splendor!

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Early and hokey Peplum based on biblical characters by Prieto Francisci
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In ancient Israel King Salomon whose wisdom and benevolent rule is seen as a threat to more tyrannical monarchs in the region . Solomon is wise and rules his kingdom well. King Salomon (Gino Cervi) names his younger son, Rehoboam (Gino Leurini), his heir and sends him on a spy assignment to Sheba . But he slowly falls in love with the Queen(Leonora Ruffo) . In fact, the Queen is in league with other kingdoms and her aim is to divide the twelve tribes of Israel . Over time however, she too falls in love with Rehoboam choosing to side with him against the priests . The luscious Queen of Sheba falls in love with the King of Israel's son , Rehoboam , however, he is in love with someone else ,Zamira (Marina Berti who played Quo Vadis as Petronio's gorgeous slave) , daughter's King of Tiro . The Queen thinks Rehoboam has double-crossed her and influenced by Kabaal (Franco Silva), commander of the Sheban army attacks the city of Jerusalem . The Queen of Sheba royally ticked off , invades Israel King but Rehoboam attempts to prevent a war between their two countries .

This is an early Peplum with drama, court intrigues , a love story and spectacular battles , but not brain food .Don't look for too much of a screenplay, because the emphasis is on lavish spectacle . Lousy performances in theatrical style with lots of gesticulation .As usual in Peplum films appears the choreographic girls dancers and lots of action with several adventures including spectacular fights , impressive sets and some good effects . The sets and production design impress too .The film contains an evocative and spectacular music by Nino Rota -The Godfather- well conducted by Franco Ferrara . This elaborate recounting is regularly directed by Pietro Francisci though with little relation with the Biblic events . Francisci was an expert on Peplum as he proved in 1963 Ercole sfida Sansone , 1960 Saffo, Venere Di Lesbo ,1960 The battle of Siracusa ,1959 Hércules unchained and particularly 1958 Hércules with the great Steve Reeves . Fun for the whole family though it tends toward the ponderous at times but for the most part, it's an average movie .


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