Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.
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 Ulisse (8 episodes, 1968)
Leonard Steckel ...
 Narrator (German version) (8 episodes, 1968)
Constantin Andrieu ...
 Antinoo (7 episodes, 1968)
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 Penelope (6 episodes, 1968)
Renaud Verley ...
 Telemaco (6 episodes, 1968)
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 Nausicaa (6 episodes, 1968)
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 Arete (5 episodes, 1968)
Roy Purcell ...
 Alcinoo (5 episodes, 1968)
Marcella Valeri ...
 Euriclea (4 episodes, 1968)
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 Eurimaco (4 episodes, 1968)
Constantin Nepo ...
 Antinoo (4 episodes, 1968)
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 Euriloco (4 episodes, 1968)
Petar Buntic ...
 Filetore (4 episodes, 1968)
Maurizio Tocchi ...
 Leocrito (3 episodes, 1968)
Andrea Saric ...
 Melanto (3 episodes, 1968)
Michèle Breton ...
 Atena (3 episodes, 1968)
Duje Novakovic ...
 Elpenore (3 episodes, 1968)
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 Elena (2 episodes, 1968)
Samson Burke ...
 Polifemo (2 episodes, 1968)
Corrado Monteforte ...
 Anfinomo (2 episodes, 1968)
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 Menelao (2 episodes, 1968)
Mimmo Palmara ...
 Achille (2 episodes, 1968)
Enzo Fiermonte ...
 Demodoco (2 episodes, 1968)
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 Laocoonte (2 episodes, 1968)
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Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.

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Avanture odiseja  »

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Trivia

The series was aired in Italy together with an introduction of poet Giuseppe Ungaretti reading a few lines of the epic poem. See more »

Goofs

When the bow of Ulysses is taken form the storage room it is clearly strung. Bows have to be stored unstrung or they lose their strength over time (and this one is said to have not been touched for 20 years). As a result the movie deviates from the epic in the essential part that in the epic the bow is useless to the suitors because they are unable to string it (either due to lack of strength or not knowing that a composite bow is strung backwards). The movie on the other hand shows the suitors (rather unconvincingly) unable to simply draw the bow. See more »

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Version of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »

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An astonishingly resonant work
5 June 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This European TV mini-series has haunted me since I first viewed it with my parents over 20 years ago. Irene Pappas is superb as Penelope. The actor playing Ulysses seems to truly embody my image of the archetypal "thinking man's hero." The rhythm and pacing; the sets and location; the sense of death, longing and loss - "nostalgia" - from the Greek, "a longing for home" - are imbued in each scene. I remember asking my parents many questions about these strange doomed characters and their fate. And decades later,I remember the intensity with which we watched this production. It spurred me to seek a deeper understanding of Homer's work. Too bad the producers of this year's "Troy" (2004) didn't try and emulate this masterpiece. I'd appreciate any information on how I could obtain a DVD/video copy.


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