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Sheba and the Gladiator (1959)

Nel segno di Roma (original title)
Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops... But she makes a big mistake when she falls in love with enemy officer Marco Valerio.

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Georges Marchal ...
Marcus Valerius, Roman Consul
Folco Lulli ...
Zemanzius, Zenobia's Prime Minister
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Erica, Zemanzius' Favourite and Dancer
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Julianus, Roman Centurian
Lorella De Luca ...
Bathsheba, the Vestal
Alberto Farnese ...
Marcello
Paul Muller ...
Slave Master
Mimmo Palmara ...
Lator
Alfredo Varelli ...
Vithos
Sergio Sauro ...
Flavio
Arturo Bragaglia
Remo De Angelis
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Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops under the command of the consul Marcus Valerius. Forced into slavery and tortured in the cross, Marcus manages to escape, and come to the presence of the queen, offering her his services. They fall in love, which complicates his task, and his loyalty towards Rome. Marcus will help the Romans to conquer her territory, but he will also save her life from a coup led by the treacherous Zemanzius. Written by Artemis-9

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23 September 1959 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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The producers were unsatisfied with some of the action footage, and Michelangelo Antonioni, at the time a respected second-unit director, was called in for re-shoots of some interior scenes. See more »

Quotes

Zenobia, Queen of Palmira: If you have lied, the tigers at the temple will have a rich repast.
Marcus Valerius, Roman Consul: Your tigers will have to wait in vain.
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Soundtracks

Xenobia
(end title song, US dubbed version)
(1959)
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Milton Raskin
Sung by Bill Lee
Played by the Al Simms Sextet
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Half a century later, is it worth?
2 October 2005 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I believe it is. Even reduced in it's intended length, the film has a number of curious elements to make it worth while even today. It was one of the first great productions from the "peplum" film industry, in this case in association with German, French, and Jugoslav studios. The army action relied entirely on men and horses, and also the war machines and traps that are here quiet realistic - catapults and multi-spear throwers, mainly (Stalin Organs, avant la lettre). Then, for arty fans, this is a good way to see where did Michelangelo Antonioni start perfecting his interior shots of dialogue; if you watch the German video copy (one of the best colors and editing around) without knowing the language (as I did), you'll notice that the interior shots are never boring - although you get to see some very poor "Egyptian" wall paintings... Finally, the two most prominent topics for most male viewers: Anita Ekberg riding a horse in mini-skirt, wearing daring low-cut evening dresses, and getting her man with a kiss, and a vengeful spear; Chelo Alonso proving in 4 minutes (longer, in the original version) how to be the focus of attention of the film industry with just one choreography... She mixes hand movements from Indian dance, with minimalist ballet and Turkish belly-dance to a perfection; she was famous as a dancer when discovered by film-makers, and with good reason.


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