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Ulysses (1954)

Ulisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, History | October 1955 (USA)
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

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In the ancient Greek city of Ithaca, many impatiently await the return of their king Ulysses and his warriors from the Trojan War. Among these, Ulysses' devoted wife Penelope and his grown son Telemachus. But Ulysses' return is not eagerly awaited by everyone, especially by his enemies. They openly court Penelope and ask her to give her husband up for dead and re-marry one of the rowdy suitors who have taken up residence in her home since her husband's departure. However, Penelope clings to her belief that Ulysses will soon return. To appease the aggressive suitors, Penelope promises that she would re-marry as soon as she finishes weaving a large tapestry depicting Ulysses' deeds of bravery. In secret, she's unraveling the day's weaving, thus delaying the tapestry's completion. Penelope knows that her trick won't work forever. In Troy, Ulysses and his warriors use the Trojan Horse ruse to conquer the city. In his fervor, Ulysses destroys the Trojans' temple to Neptune, god of the sea,... Written by nufs68

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Ulysses is a 1954 fantasy-adventure film based on ancient Greek author Homer's epic poem Odyssey. See more »

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Ulysses, in beggar's disguise, is granted permission to draw the bow. As he takes it and moves to another spot to string it, a metal wristband suddenly materializes on his left arm where a few seconds before there was none. See more »

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Version of Odissea (1968) See more »

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An Intelligent, Moving Retelling of a timeless story
14 May 2012 | by (Safe house, somewhere in Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Sure, there are spots where the producers cut corners, scenes criminally underlit. But there are other scenes of Rembrandtesque beauty. And while we may chuckle at the absurdity of the Greeks' making wine instantaneously, well, BLAME HOMER ! It's in the original Greek ! With the exception of Phemios' absurdly pro-Trojan song to the suitors in Ithaka--which runs counter to Homer and would've gotten the bard skewered on the spot by unsympathetic Greek nobles--there's nary a false emotional note.

This is so far superior to the bloated made-for-TV version, which is, well, Rococco and superficial-beyond-belief.


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