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The classic story from the early days of Rome where there are no women. Romulus, the founder of Rome, finds women to be wives from Sabina where there are a lot of women. The Sabine men, of course, attack Rome to get their wives and daughters back. Written by
...for they do appear ,when Romulus is fast asleep ,and try to change his destiny:after all ,he is Mars's son .The God and the Goddess are played by earnest thespian Jean Marais and Italian beauty Rossanna Schiaffino :they would team up again ,this time as the principals in André Hunebelle's remake of "Le Miracle Des Loups" the very same year.
Richard Pottier is an odd job man whose works are eclectic ,from the first version of "some like it hot" ("Fanfare D'Amour") to social concern (euthanasia in "Meurtres" ) to ...sword and sandals .His Peplum can be looked upon as the continuing story of Romulus which Sergio Corbucci began with "Romolo E Remo" the same year.Steve Reeves is replaced by Roger Moore who is not a muscle man but anyway was Romulus an athlete?Mylene Demongeot ,who provides the main love interest ,was considered a Brigitte Bardot clone and her career who brilliantly began with "Les Sorcieres De Salem" suffered accordingly.
It seems that Pottier did not know what he intended to do:the movie is now a comedy nay a farce ,now a dramatic tale with lots of death.Historical interest is thin and the low budget does not help :Moore and vestal Demongeot wear the same costume during the whole film.Francis Blanche ,as a myopic potential husband provides the movie with its comic relief (comic,so to speak).Women ,ahead of their time don't want to be treated as cattle :they want to choose their husband !
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