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The Black Duke (1963)

Il duca nero (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | July 1964 (USA)
Cesar Borgia--a cardinal in the Catholic church, a confidant of the Pope and a member of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in 16th-century Italy--must deal with a host of ... See full summary »

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Maria Grazia Spina ...
Ginevra Cavalcanti
Franco Fantasia ...
Veniero
Gloria Milland ...
Dina De Santis ...
Lavinia Serpieri
Robert Dean ...
Nobleman
Gloria Osuna ...
Nino Persello ...
Tito Serpieri
Gianni Solaro ...
Captain Serpieri
Giovanni Vari ...
Commandant Morialdo
Silvio Bagolini ...
Serafino
Antonio Casagrande ...
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Alberto Cevenini
Lilly Darelli
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Cesar Borgia--a cardinal in the Catholic church, a confidant of the Pope and a member of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in 16th-century Italy--must deal with a host of political and personal crises. He is having problems with his mistress, and members of a secret society called The Black Carnation are out to assassinate him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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All the Spectacle and Splendour of a violent, sinful era!


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Adventure film about a historical character well represented by Cameron Mitchell
18 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

The picture deals with Cesar Borgia (Cameron Mitchell ) confronting Catalina Sforza who organizes a scheme called the ¨red flower¨ to kill him . Cesar Borgia , who is having problems with his mistress , is being helped by his underlings (Conrado San Martin and Franco Fantasia) and his sister Lucrecia (Maria Gracia Spina) who makes his purports marrying herself with relentless enemies . Borgia wishes the Italy unifying and will battle a lot of contenders (Fernando the Catholic and Gonzalo of Cordoba) to vanquish them . Meanwhile , a secret society called The Black Carnation are out to kill him .

The film is based on indirect way upon true events , thus , Cesar Borgia (1475-1407) along with Lucrecia (famous as poisoned woman and duchess of Ferrara) were sons of Pope Borgia (Alexander VI) . Cesar was a cardinal in the Catholic church , a member of one of the most wealthiest families in 16th-century and a confidant of the Pope . He'll try to create a kingdom into Italy center , fighting the powerful landowners and must deal with a host of political and personal crises . He was even admired by Nicholas Machiavelo , inspiring the ¨Prince¨ book . Cameron Mitchell gives a magnificent acting as the impulsive and astute duke . Conrado San Martin is fine as his assistant and adviser . As support cast , it appears Franco Fantasia , he's a habitual secondary in numerous Italians productions , Spaghetti Western , Costumers , Swords and Sandals , he was a master of arms who trained several actors in fencing scenes . The classic film about the Cesar Borgia personage results to be ¨The prince of foxes¨ with Tyrone Power and an excellent Orson Welles . The film was regularly directed by Pino Mercanti . Rating : Average but entertaining .


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