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Count Orlof, one of Catherine of Russia's many overnight favourites, travels to Venice on her behalf to abduct Elizabeth Tarakanova who has been laying claim to the throne from the Crimea. Once there, he finds the local charms of the Princess hard to resist. Written by
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The plot of this film derives from historical fact, but is predominantly an absurd fiction. Far from falling in love with (and later rescuing) the Princess Elisabeth Tarakhanova, Count Orloff ruthlessly seduced her and then arranged for her to be kidnapped from Livorno in Italy and taken back to Russia, where she died in prison only months later. It is highly likely that her claim to the throne of Russia was a false one, as Catherine the Great always claimed. Also, "Tarakhanova" was a nickname bestowed on her after her death; it was never used as a name in her lifetime. See more »
Opening credits prologue: The Crimea, formerly a province of Turkey, is occupied by the armies of Catherine of Russia. See more »
There are few times I've seen films where I actually think that the actors saved the show. This low budget action/romance uses the exterior of Venice to its fullest. Richard Greene and Valentina Cortesa makes a romantic couple even if some scenes are a bit superficial. There is something old fashion about this film, sort of outdated for its time. It seems like the film should have had a cast of thousands. Some scenes seem empty, especially where there are guards chasing after Green or horses riding across empty fields. Scenes like these do not become dangerous enough to keep you in suspension. The film lacks the energy and enthusiasm a good script gives. It makes you wonder whey this film was actually made. But the acting is good and Binnie Barns and Greta Gynt (Gynt said yes to the role in order to get her out of her contract with Universal International) makes the best of the characters they play. If you are a fan of any of the cast members it will be a worthwhile film to see.
SHADOW OF THE EAGLE is a film with potential, but lack of production values and a script that has originality makes it an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately !
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