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Swordsman of Siena (1962)

La congiura dei dieci (original title)
A Spanish overlord controls 16th-century Tuscany. He plans to marry into a prominent Italian family and hires an Englishman to serve as bodyguard for his less-than-eager fiancee. The ... See full summary »

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Thomas Stanswood
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Orietta Arconti
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Serenella Arconti
Riccardo Garrone ...
Don Carlos
Alberto Lupo ...
Andrea Paresi
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Countess of Osta
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Father Giacomo
Claudio Gora ...
Leoni
Giulio Marchetti ...
Carlos' servant
Carlo Rizzo ...
Gino
Ignazio Dolce ...
(as Ignazio Dolci)
Fausto Tozzi ...
Hugo
Tom Felleghy ...
Capitano spagnolo (as Tom Felleghi)
Antonio Ricci ...
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A Spanish overlord controls 16th-century Tuscany. He plans to marry into a prominent Italian family and hires an Englishman to serve as bodyguard for his less-than-eager fiancee. The bodyguard finds his allegiance switching to the rebels who seek to overthrow the Spaniard, even as he finds himself drawn to the woman he's been hired to protect. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Love in a Land of Treachery and Temptation!

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Adventure | Romance

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5 December 1962 (USA)  »

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[Stanswood lays Serenella on a table in the church after she is shoot by an archer for being out passed curfew]
Serenella Arconti: Thomas?
Thomas Stanswood: You're going to be alright.
Serenella Arconti: Was... was it wrong to defy Don Carlos and Orietta?
Thomas Stanswood: No. You're right to hate tyranny and oppression. Your people must be very proud of you.
Serenella Arconti: Are... are you proud of me, Thomas?
Thomas Stanswood: Yes, very proud. Remember you wanted me to take you to England?
Serenella Arconti: Yes.
Thomas Stanswood: You still want to go?
Serenella Arconti: Oh yes, more than ever!
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Renaissance Mercenary
17 June 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Like so many contract players in the days of the studio system decline in the Fifties Stewart Granger found himself looking for work and taking it where he could find it after MGM let him go in the late Fifties. He found work in Europe and in this particular swashbuckler Swordsman Of Siena which was released in America by his old studio MGM. Later on he would be doing spaghetti westerns.

But the swashbuckler was a film genre Granger was as comfortable and looked as comfortable as Errol Flynn. He's a mercenary, an Englishman working for whoever hires him and in this case it is Spanish captain Riccardo Garrone. Back in those days of the 16th century most of Italy was part of the Spanish empire either under Emperor Charles V or King Phillip,II of Spain. In this particular part of Italy, Tuscany they're not crazy about the occupying Spanish governor Garrone and his enforcer brother Fausto Tozzi.

Garrone wants to employ Granger as personal bodyguard to Sylva Koscina the daughter of the local Italian noble. She tolerates Garrone for the sake of the father, her sister Christine Kaufman is far less so.

There's a horse race which is the town's biggest event about to be held and it's more like the chariot race from Ben-Hur. With just about the same rules applying. The Spanish occupiers always win as a matter of propaganda and pride. Granger upsets a whole lot of plans.

In films like Moonfleet and The Prisoner Of Zenda, Stewart Granger showed he mastered the art of the swashbuckler. This one is all right entertainment, but hardly in the same league as those other films from his glory days at MGM.

Better than those spaghetti westerns to come.


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