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Herod the Great (1959)
"Erode il grande" (original title)

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Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Purdom ...
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Sarah
Elena Zareschi ...
Alexandra
Alberto Lupo ...
Aronne / Aaron
Sylvia Lopez ...
Mariam / Miriam
Andrea Giordana ...
Daniel
Corrado Pani ...
Antipatro / Herodes Antipas
Renato Baldini ...
Claudio
Camillo Pilotto ...
High Priest
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Man who saw the Messiah's birth
Enrico Glori ...
Taret
Adolfo Geri
Fedele Gentile ...
Oreb
Enzo Fiermonte
Renato Montalbano
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Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him. Written by Aline

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Italian censorship visa # 28396 delivered on 30-12-1958. See more »

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Herod: Aaron, I can let you die quickly, or I can keep you alive so that you will curse the woman who brought you into this world.
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Hokey story about a Biblical personage with brief biographic and historical remarks
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This Biblic Peplum deals about all the passion and power in the pagan court of history's mad and lustful king . There Herod (Edmund Purdom) , King of Judea , married to Miriam (Sylvia Lopez) and happens dramatic happenings . It is set in Jerusalen , after battle of Actium when is defeated Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra , being victorious Octavius Augustus (Massimo Giroti) . Herodes who supported Antonius is taken prisoner by the Romans . Convinced Herod is dead , his faithful official named Aaron (Alberto Lupo) , is nevertheless unable to keep his swearing to murder the Queen if something untoward happened to the ruler . Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he goes back to his famous palace . His son , Antipater or Herod Antipas (Corrado Pani) , tells Herod that Aaron has double-crossed him . Then , Herod turned a madman who killed his own family and a great many lieutenants ; later on , King Herod ordered the killing of the new born babies , taking place the known massacre of innocents and appearance the holy star of Belen where was born Jesus .

This epic Italian movie packs drama , thrills , marvelous scenarios and hokey historical events . Nice production design and enjoyable gowns , but little action . Mediocre interpretations headed by Edmund Purdom , an American actor who emigrated Italy and played several historical and Sword and Sandal movies such as Sinuhe the Egyptian , The prodigal , Salambo , Nefertiti, Regina Del Nilo ; and of course Sylvia Lopez , a gorgeous actress who early died at age 26 by cancer illness . Furthermore , the Italian sex-symbol Sandra Milo along with other actors usual of Peplum as Alberto Lupo , Corrado Pani , Renato Baldini , Enzo Fiermonti and Massimo Giroti , Terence Hill 's father . Evocative as well as colorful cinematography by prestigious cameraman Massimo Dallamano , also a filmmaker . Atmospheric musical score by Carlo Savina , Pepum and Spaghetti's ordinary . The motion picture was professionally directed by Viktor Tourjansky , though with no originality . He was a Russian film director who emigrated after the communist revolution of 1917, and worked in several countries , and mostly in Italy . Tourjansky directed period epic films, such as Le Triomphe Michel Strogoff 1961 , Prisoner of the Volga (1959), The Cossacks (1960), The pharaoh's woman (1960) , The Venus of Cheronea (1957) , some of which were considered among his better works. During the 1950s and 1960s he was wintering in Italy and worked there as producer and writer under the artistic name Arnaldo Genoino.

The picture is partially based on historical deeds , these are the followings : Herod , also known as Herod the Great (born 73 or 74 BC, died 4 BC in Jericho , was a Roman client king of Judea. His epithet of "the Great" is widely disputed as he is described as "a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis. He is also known for his colossal building projects in Jerusalem and elsewhere, including his expansion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (sometimes referred to as Herod's Temple) and the construction of the port at Caesarea Maritima. Important details of his biography are gleaned from the works of the 1st century AD Roman-Jewish historian Josephus Flavius. The Romans made Herod's son Herod Archelaus ethnarch of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea from 4 BC to 6 AD, referred to as the Tetrarchy of Judea. Archelaus was judged incompetent by the Roman emperor Augustus who then combined Samaria, Judea proper and Idumea into Iudaea province under rule of a prefect until 41. Herod's other son Herod Antipas was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 BC–39 AD.


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