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Gino De Santis (screenplay)
Diego Fabbri (screenplay)
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24 November 1962 (Italy) See more »
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Noble, wise King Sardanapolo and his more soft and naive younger brother Prince Sammash get into a bitter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Howard Duff ... Sardanapolo
Jocelyn Lane ... Mirra (as Jackie Lane)
Luciano Marin ... Sammash (as Luciano Marini)
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Arbace

Arnoldo Foà ... Zoroastro

Stelio Candelli ... Ammurabi
José Greci ... Crisia
Luigi Borghese
Nico Pepe ... Namtar
Calisto Calisti
Omar Zolficar

Directed by
Silvio Amadio 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gino De Santis  screenplay
Diego Fabbri  screenplay
Sergio Spina  story and screenplay

Produced by
Henry Lombroso .... executive producer
Alessandro Tasca .... producer
 
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino 
Mario Nascimbene 
Carlo Savina 
 
Cinematography by
Tino Santoni 
 
Film Editing by
Nella Nannuzzi 
 
Art Direction by
Franco Lolli 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Baroni 
 
Makeup Department
Joseph Nathanson .... special makeup effects artist
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Margheriti .... special effects operator
Giancarlo Urbisaglia .... special effects
 

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"Le sette folgori di Assur" - Italy (original title)
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88 min
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WAR GODS OF BABYLON (Silvio Amadio, 1962) **, 7 March 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Dreary peplum with a second-rate cast and crew; as often happened in this genre, an American actor (in this case, Howard Duff) was recruited for the lead – with the only notable in the Italian ranks being Arnoldo Foa' (appearaing here as a holy man). Amadio is perhaps best-known for the sexy giallo AMUCK! (1972); incidentally, the scenes requiring special effects were handled by the versatile if erratic Antonio Margheriti – this one is climaxed, as were a few other entries in the genre, by a natural disaster (with the prototype being THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII: by the way, I should be watching the 1926 and 1959 versions of that popular and oft-filmed tale during the month-long Epic/Historical films schedule). The typically sturdy score, then, is the work of two distinguished composers – Carlo Savina and Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.

The excuse for a plot that would lead to that reasonably-staged final spectacle – the city of Niniveh, having shunned the gods, is destroyed in a flood – sees a couple of royal brothers (the elder, a stoic but ill-at-ease Duff, rules Niniveh itself while his bland sibling is assigned the province of the once-mighty Babylon) falling over a young girl, the sole survivor of a decimated people from the mountains who arrives at Niniveh in the company of prophet-like Foa'. Besides, an ambitious Babylonian general deliberately creates discord among the two cities for his own personal gain – though he's eventually routed by another officer loyal to the young king (slain by the general and making it look like it was Duff's handiwork!). Incidentally, having these Biblical cities for backdrops, necessitates that characters get saddled with such unpronounceable names as Sardanapalus and Zoroaster! For the record, the English translation of the film's original title is THE SEVEN FLAMES OF ASSUR – the latter being the God worshipped throughout the Assyrian Empire, and the former a reference to a rite relating to the one-week period of preparation which a new ruler has to undergo prior to his official appointment (which is then followed by three days of festivities wherein, among other things, a lion hunt is organized).

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