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The Fall of Troy (1911)

La caduta di Troia (original title)
One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Luigi Romano Borgnetto Luigi Romano Borgnetto
Giovanni Casaleggio Giovanni Casaleggio
Madame Davesnes Madame Davesnes
Emilio Gallo Emilio Gallo ... Il re / The King
Olga Giannini Novelli Olga Giannini Novelli
Giulio Vinà Giulio Vinà
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One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. The Greeks declare war against the Trojans, and after ten years of siege finally manage to invade the city with a wooden horse. Written by José Maria Neto

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 April 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of Troy See more »

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Itala Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not among the best but decent, though
9 October 2011 | by ostia666See all my reviews

The Fall of Troy adapts the Iliad to the big screen format. I've had the opportunity to see a 25 minutes long print, but camera speed in the early days was so slow and rather jumpy at times, it's got to be readapted in current restorations so whether I've got to see the full version or some scenes are missing, I can't tell. The Iliad has always been both less epic and popular than her younger brother, the Oddyssey. Hence, Pastrone had hard work to accomplish upon making this one, yet he checked out just fine.

The story is a classic we're all familiar with, Paris kidnaps Menelaus' wife Helen, the Greeks take this as an offense declaring therefore war on Troy (homeland of Paris). After years of battling, the Greeks come up with the magnificent idea of building a wooden horse that will take them into Troy, setting the city on fire and winning the war like that. The movie misses some important parts as it fails to portray the allegorical Gods atmosphere, no trace of Achilles is shown either, and many other characters are missing as well: Hector, Cassandra, Ulysses or Zeus himself among many others.

Yet, the print was pretty well conserved and the great epic ending scene has pushed me into rating it 6 instead of 5 so that's one extra point thanks to the good taste it's left in my mouth. Other movies were better and more entertaining but Pastrone shows some of his talent and manages to make this work.


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