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Helen of Troy (1956)

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The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossana Podestà ...
Helen (as Rossana Podesta)
Jacques Sernas ...
Paris (as Jack Sernas)
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Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Niall MacGinnis ...
Nora Swinburne ...
Robert Douglas ...
Torin Thatcher ...
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Janette Scott ...
Ronald Lewis ...
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Andraste
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Andros
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Maxwell Reed ...
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Storyline

Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Its towering wonders span the age of titans!


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Release Date:

26 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Die schöne Helena  »

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(theatrical) | (with overture and exit music) | (uncut) | (cut)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Andrews nearly lost his part in this film when his previous film, The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955) went over scheduled filming duration. See more »

Goofs

When the Greeks are first shown marching to attack Troy, the shot appears to be flopped since all the Greek soldiers appear to be left handed. They carry their spears with their left hands, and their shields in their right. See more »

Quotes

Helen: [seeing the Trojan horse] Beware Greeks bearing gifts.
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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One of the greatest epics ever made!
5 October 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Basically, this movie is criticized because, being one of the very first big international co-productions, its main players were Euro celebrities who never caught on in the US, and because Jacques Sernas' and Rossana Podesta's voices were voiced-over. That is a pretty shallow approach to movie criticism. This film is well-scripted (it's based on Homer and neither substracts nor adds to his basic plot - except for the Gods, which are mentioned but never seen, which makes it a modern secular version of the Iliad), well-acted by some very impressive British actors, superbly constructed (art direction, photography, costumes, period research, choreography) and creates a lasting impression. I own it on laser disc and just had to buy a widescreen TV with home theatre sound to do it justice. I can watch this movie as often as I crave substantial food, which is very often. Robert Wise, besides being the director of The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story and The Sound of Music started his career as the editor of Citizen Kane and it is his input in the editing (vibrant, energetic, kinetic, masculine) that makes this movie a real winner and actually brings life to the giant vistas of this classic and tragic fairy tale/war movie/love story. Max Steiner's beautiful score adds several other dimensions to this masterpiece and its interplay with the editing is always fascinating to watch. The general impression is a beautiful dream of the paintings on a Greek urn coming to magical, inspiring, colourful life. It is also fascinating to watch how the fight scenes were a sort of preliminary study to the ones in West Side Story, which is basically on the same subject. I had better stop while I'm ahead. One word of advice: Don't believe the nay-sayers (i.e. Leonard Maltin) until you have experienced it for yourself in all its CinemaScope, Warnercolor and Stereophonic glory. A must-have at any price and already overdue on DVD.


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