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The Affairs of Messalina (1951)

Messalina (original title)
A story, set in Rome of 44 A.D., concerning the amorous and political intrigues of the evil Empress Messalina, the wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and her eventual hounding to death.

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Carmine Gallone

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Carmine Gallone (story), Vittorio Nino Novarese (screenplay) (as V.N. Novarese) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Félix ... Messalina / Messaline (as Maria Felix)
Georges Marchal ... Caio Silvio / Caius Silvius
Memo Benassi Memo Benassi ... Claudio / Claude
Delia Scala ... Cinzia
Erno Crisa ... Timo / Timus
Carlo Ninchi ... Tauro / Taurus
Camillo Pilotto Camillo Pilotto ... Ottavio / Octave
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Mnester
Jean Chevrier ... Valerio / Valerius Asiaticus
Germaine Kerjean Germaine Kerjean ... Ismene
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Locusta / Locuste
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Narciso / Narcissus
Giuseppe Varni Giuseppe Varni ... Pallante
Luigi Almirante Luigi Almirante ... Il gioielliere / Le joallier
Lamberto Picasso Lamberto Picasso ... L'astrologo / L'astrologue
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A story, set in Rome of 44 A.D., concerning the amorous and political intrigues of the evil Empress Messalina, the wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and her eventual hounding to death.

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Empress of love in an era of sin! See more »


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Affairs of Messalina See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A captivating Messalina...
20 November 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Maria Felix in the title role is a captivating Messalina because she portrays this unlovely character with a full range of emotions...imperious and haughty, winsome and cajoling while cozening her dotard husband, needy and pleading with her main lover Caius Cilius (Georges Marchal), cold and calculating as she casually murders a young smitten boy, and ultimately terrified when her crafty machinations go awry and she is bereft of any friends or allies. Though taking great liberty with actual historical events, the film presents the most notorious woman in Roman history as a many-faceted complex person of deep and dark passions who comes to an ignominious end through her excesses and folly. And the magnificent Maria is up to the challenge, giving the best portrait of Messalina on screen to date. She ruthlessly pursues her treasonous agenda while "foolish" Emperor Claudius devotes his attention to one of his pet projects, dredging the silted-up port of Brindisi to free it for shipping.


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