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A Greek military hero named Darios visits his uncle in Rhodes in the year 280 BC. Rhodes has just finished constructing an enormous colossus of Apollo to guard its harbor and is planning an alliance with Phoenicia which would be hostile to Greece. Darios flirts with the beautiful Diala, daughter of the statue's mastermind, while becoming involved with a group of rebels headed by Peliocles. These rebels seek to overthrow the tyrannical King Serse as does Serse's evil second-in-command, Thar. The rebels' revolt seems to fail, with Peliocles and his men being captured and forced to provide amusement in the local arena, but an earthquake eventually upsets, not only the Colossus in the harbor, but the balance of power in Rhodes as well. Written by
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According to Sir Christopher Frayling, Sergio Leone's early concept for the Colossus was to have its arms crossed and the visage of Benito Mussolini. This concept was abandoned and replaced with Helios/Apollo. See more »
The picture dates itself to 280 BCE. The island of Rhodes is shown as an independent state, which is true enough for the time; however, it's alleged to have a king although Rhodes was a republic at the time. The king bears an uncharacteristic non-Greek name: Serse, an Italian corruption of Xerxes, a Greek corruption of an Iranian name that it scarcely resembles. The king receives an ambassador from Phoenicia - at the time an integral part of the Seleukid Empire (Syria). Greece is referred to as if a united country, which at the time was untrue - divided as it was between Attika, Lakaidemon, the Akhaian League, the Aitolian League, Epiros, Makedon, and other states. See more »
I imagine soldiering is not a simple job, especially when you have to play the hero all day.
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Classic but overlong Peplum by the great Sergio Leone
After Alexander the Great, his empire was split itself originating some independent kingdoms ruled by descendants of the Alexander's generals, this one was called the Hellenistic time. It's set in 280 B.C , the starring is Dario(a likable Rory Calhoun) an Athenian on holidays living in Rodi with his uncle Lisipo (Jorge Rigaud). There he meets a good girl(Mabel Karr, wife to Fernando Rey, starring in The last days of Pompeii) and a bad girl (a gorgeous Lea Massari). A tyrant (Roberto Camardiel) and his hoodlum (Conrado San Martin) govern tyrannically the town. But a rebels led by Peliocles (Georges Marchal) fight against the nasties rulers. Meanwhile a Phoenician army attempts to attack Rodi. Dario trying to clean up the doomed Rodhes town from enemies and a foreign invasion .
Ample cast formed by Rory Calhoun , he's solid and sympathetic though uninspired in the lead role as a honest adventurer caught up in the momentous event prior to earthquake that threatens noblemen and slaves alike, but acting honors go to the villains played by Roberto Camardiel and Conrado San Martin. It's an European co-production by Spain/Italy/France with several actors from varios countries and filmed in lavish budget. This historical epic about the Hellenistic time bears no relation whatsoever to real events and much of the dialog is of the wooden variety. In fact some scenarios contain abundant anachronism such as 'the Garden of the Granja of Segovia' built in XVIII century. The highlights are the images of the Colosso , one of the marvels of the world . In the pier of Laredo (Cantabria, Spain) were built feet, and head and shoulders were made in ordinary size and a maquette reflecting its whole splendor. Some spectacular scenes including the explosive climax when ground shaking and the town blows its top. As the film bears remarkable resemblance to 'Last days of Pompeii' by Mario Bonnard and Sergio Leone, such as the earthquake in which numerous images are taken, repeat several actors actors as Mimmo Palmara, Carlo Tamberlani, and of course, technicians, producers, writers : Ennio De Concini, Duccio Tessari, same cameraman : Antonio L. Ballesteros and assistant direction, Jorge Grau, among others. The motion picture is professionally directed by Sergio Leone .
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