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Slave Queen of Babylon (1963)

Io Semiramide (original title)
Story of an ancient Assyrian queen that supposedly took place around 810 B.C.

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Kir
Renzo Ricci ...
Minurte
Gianni Rizzo ...
Ghelas
Germano Longo ...
Omnos
John Bartha ...
Althar (as Gian Barta)
Nino Di Napoli ...
Adath, the King's son
Valérie Camille ...
Ballerina
Mario Laurentino ...
Oerte
Piero Pastore ...
Shabli
Mario Passante ...
Naval Constructor
Ugo Sasso ...
Omnos' Officer
Annamaria Ubaldi ...
Maid (as Anna M. Ubaldi)
Harold Bradley ...
Semiramide's Coloured Slave
Antonio Corevi ...
Zagros
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General Onnos returns from a successful military campaign to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. He presents King Minurte with a number of newly-captured slaves including Kir, defeated king of the Dardanians. Kir attracts the attention of Semiramis, a beautiful young woman who's a member of Minurte's court and who has imperial ambitions. She persuades Minurte to give her a province and then uses slave labor, including Kir, to build herself a city which becomes Babylon. All this time she schemes to overthrow Minurte using shifting alliances with both Kir and General Onnos. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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22 March 1963 (Italy)  »

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John Ericson's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

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Onnos: [speaking to Ghelas of Kir] Possibly he could live a few more hours or days, according to the wishes of the gods, but now, thanks to you, his death will come much quicker.
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Lavish, dramatic story of the legendary Queen of Babylon..
11 November 2008 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

For some unknown reason, this film has undeservedly sunk into obscurity. It is a lavish, dramatic tale of the legendary Semiramis, Queen of Babylon. According to this version, she is an unscrupulous, faithless schemer of boundless ambition, whose manipulation and successful plots propel her to the height of power by sweeping away all her opponents, often literally over their dead bodies. (King Ninurte and General Omnos are cases in point.) Aiding and abetting her cleverness and statecraft is the asset of her great beauty. Yvonne Furneaux has seldom been more alluring or fascinating than she is in this role, no doubt her best. John Ericson is fine as the handsome, stalwart enemy King Kir of the Dardanians, the object of both her possessive love and her hate. Germano Longo is excellent as the ill-fated Assyrian general she manipulates and uses until his ultimate doom. The script is a good one, the action is brisk and the sets and costumes are lavish and befitting royal Assyrian extravagance. Unfortunately there is no complete English print available at this time. The only one floating around is badly chopped and edited, but there are excellent German and Italian prints that can be obtained. "I, Semiramis" is definitely one of the better epic films which still holds up well. It cries out to be restored and made available again for a new generation of viewers.


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