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Constantine and the Cross (1961)

Costantino il grande (original title)
Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.

Director:

Lionello De Felice

Writers:

Michael Audley (dialogue), Ennio De Concini | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Constantine
Belinda Lee ... Fausta
Massimo Serato ... Maxentius
Christine Kaufmann ... Livia
Fausto Tozzi ... Hadrian
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Emperor Maximianus
Carlo Ninchi ... Constantius Chlorus
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Apuleius
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Elena
Nando Gazzolo Nando Gazzolo ... Licinius
Annibale Ninchi ... Galarius
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Roman Soldier
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi ... Roman Prosecutor
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori ... Livia's Father
Jole Mauro Jole Mauro ... Celi, Fausta's Maid
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Somewhat fictionalized dramatic account of Late Roman Emperor Constantine, his rise to power, and his establishment of religious tolerance among Roman subjects. Constantine's adoption of Christianity allowed this small persecuted religion to sweep throughout Europe as the empire's power waned. Written by mstomaso

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When the Might of the Sword and the Sign of the Cross Unite in the Most Thrilling Story of Faith Ever Told on the Screen!


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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Constantius Chlorus: You've a tendency to mistake rashness for valor. You must be more discreet.
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Referenced in Stonewall Uprising (2010) See more »

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Cornel Il Grande
27 August 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Above average Italian sword and sandal:it is longer than the usual peplum (2 hours+),the settings are not cheap,and there's a solid American actor(and a director,one often forgets he made the memorable "naked prey"and the estimable "no blade of grass" )as the lead ,Cornel Wilde ,a Hollywood veteran ("leave her to Heaven" ,"Forever Amber","the greatest show on earth" and many more) .

Constantin's mother's destiny is not exactly what we see in the movie:she was not a highborn lady (an innkeeper's daughter) and Constantin was not estranged from her till his victory over Maxence;but the movie introduces her with taste .To keep a story-like side,the screenwriters invent the tale of two unfortunate lovers Adrian and Livia (the delicate Christine Kaufman who played opposite Steve Reeves in Bonnard/Leone's doomed "last days of pompei"(1959) in which she was ...a young Christian of course!) Wilde is a convincing Constantin,he gets good support from the rest of the cast ;this is neither "Spartacus" ,nor "Cleopatra " ,but as an entertaining epic ,that's still good value


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