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Head of a Tyrant (1959)

Giuditta e Oloferne (original title)
A beautiful girl plans to seduce, then murder, the brutal conqueror who has taken over her city.


Fernando Cerchio

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Credited cast:
Massimo Girotti ... Holophernes
Isabelle Corey ... Judith
Renato Baldini ... Arbar
Yvette Masson Yvette Masson ... Rispa
Gianni Rizzo Gianni Rizzo ... Ozia
Camillo Pilotto ... Belial
Lucia Banti Lucia Banti ... Servant Girl
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle ... Isaac
Leonardo Botta Leonardo Botta ... Gabriele
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Galaad
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Iras
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Brother
Daniela Rocca ... Naomi
Enzo Doria Enzo Doria ... Daniel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Archetti Alberto Archetti


A beautiful girl plans to seduce, then murder, the brutal conqueror who has taken over her city.

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High-epic aspirations, with a modest budget.
10 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

Here is a well-paced epic which veers sharply away from the exploitation field, and enters the waters of historical film-making, only to lag conspicuously when viewed from that perspective. The story itself is decently told, with almost no "action" taking place between the characters, most of the plot being dialog and drama. The English dubbing is nicely done, Holophernes being dubbed by American actor Frank Latimore. The tale is based on the Apocryphal story of Judith, and is a reasonably faithful rendering. However, the lack of action tired me at last, and left me wishing that something would "happen." I've noticed this flaw in some of Cerchio's other films, and although he was a director of some professional capacity, he didn't pay enough attention to the entertainment factor. Although we're entertained to a degree, certainly Cerchio could have done more to pick up the pace. This movie was filmed on a moderate budget, with judicious use of set decorations by Sergio Scalco.

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