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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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Conrado San Martín ...
Maria Grazia Spina ...
Ginevra Cavalcanti
Franco Fantasia ...
Veniero
Gloria Milland ...
Dina De Santis ...
Lavinia Serpieri
Robert Dean ...
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Gloria Osuna ...
Nino Persello ...
Tito Serpieri
Gianni Solaro ...
Captain Serpieri
Giovanni Vari ...
Commandant Morialdo
Silvio Bagolini ...
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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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Adventures film about historic personage well represented by Cameron Mitchell
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The picture deals about Cesar Borgia(Cameron Mitchell)who confronts against Catalina Sforza who organizes a scheme called the ¨red flower¨ to kill him .Borgia is helped by his underlings(Conrado San Martin and Franco Fantasia) and his sister Lucrecia(Maria Gracia Spina)who makes his purports marrying herself with enemies.He wishes the unifying of Italy and will battle against contenders(Fernando the Catholic and Gonzalo of Cordoba) to vanquish them.

The film is based of indirect manner about 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). He'll try create a kingdom into Italy center, fighting against the powerful ownlands.He was even admired by Nicholas Machiavelo,inspiring the¨Prince¨book. Cameron Mitchell makes a magnificent acting as the impulsive and astute duke.Conrado San Martin is fine as his assistant and adviser.As support cast appears Franco Fantasia,he's a habitual secondary in numerous Italians productions,Spaghetti Western,Costumes,Swords and Sandals,he was a master of arms who trained the actors in fencing scenes. The classic film about the Cesar Borgia personage is ¨The prince of foxes¨with an excellent Orson Welles. The film is regularly directed by Pino Mercanti . Rating: Average but entertained.


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