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Scipione l'africano (1937)

A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.

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Carmine Gallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annibale Ninchi ... Publius Cornelius Scipio
Camillo Pilotto ... Hannibal
Fosco Giachetti ... Captain Massinissa
Francesca Braggiotti Francesca Braggiotti ... Queen Sophonisba
Marcello Giorda Marcello Giorda ... King Syphace
Guglielmo Barnabò Guglielmo Barnabò ... Furius, fat Roman
Isa Miranda ... Velia, a Roman woman
Memo Benassi Memo Benassi ... Cato
Franco Coop Franco Coop ... Mezio, Roman soldier
Ciro Galvani Ciro Galvani ... Quinto Fabio Massimo
Carlo Lombardi Carlo Lombardi ... Lucio
Marcello Spada Marcello Spada ... Arunte
Piero Carnabuci Piero Carnabuci ... Il Reduce della Battaglia
Carlo Ninchi ... Lelius
Lamberto Picasso Lamberto Picasso ... Hasdrubal, advisor to Hannibal
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A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama. Written by X

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was a project championed by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. See more »

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A string telephone poles are clearly discernable on the distant hills during the battle sequence. See more »

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Only for students of history
31 March 2010 | by winner55See all my reviews

Pretty bad. Visually a mesh of Italian Futurist motifs and imitations of the Nazi "Triumph of the Will," with doses of peplum tossed in for good measure - but not the peplum of heroic action scenes (the action scenes in this movie - only two - are so poorly edited they are simply confusing) but that of the dull cloak-and-dagger intrigue subplots that drag down the lesser muscle-man films and Italian epics. Lotsa posturing and talk, talk talk. Some striking images, but they are all painfully static - the editing is atrocious.

The scenes with the elephants are painfully ugly, and just a reminder of the essential cruelty of the politics behind this film.

Produced by Vittorio Mussolini at the urging of his father 'Il Duce.' Some moments constitute effective propaganda, but that the film only played a week in Italy tells us that by the date of its release, Italians were getting tired of the same old lies.

And whatever the facts, thematic lies abound - the central premise of the film appears to be that, since an African nation had invaded Italy 2,000 years ago, this justified Italy invading another African nation (Ethiopia) in the 1930s - huh?! A grim reminder that Mussolini had slipped into some kind of fantasyland and was bent on bringing Italy down with him.

Looney, messy, arrogant, dull. Only for students of the history of Italian Fascism, or that of propaganda in general.


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