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Castle of the Banned Lovers (1956)

Beatrice Cenci (original title)
The beautiful Beatrice Cenci, daughter of the noble Francesco, falls in love with the intendant Olimpio. But she has to face the jealousy of his violent and morbid father, and the hostility... See full summary »

Director:

Riccardo Freda

Writers:

Jacques Rémy (screenplay) (as J. Remy), Filippo Sanjust (screenplay) (as F. Sanjust)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Micheline Presle ... Lucrezia Cenci
Gino Cervi ... Francesco Cenci
Fausto Tozzi ... Olimpio Calvetti
Frank Villard ... Giudice Ranieri (as Franck Villard)
Claudine Dupuis Claudine Dupuis ... Martina
Anthony Steffen ... Giacomo Cenci (as Antonio De Teffè)
Mireille Granelli Mireille Granelli ... Beatrice Cenci
Emilio Petacci Emilio Petacci ... Marzio Catalano
Guido Barbarisi Guido Barbarisi ... Un giudice
Vittorio Vaser Vittorio Vaser
Isabella Raffi Isabella Raffi
Carlo Mazzoni Carlo Mazzoni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurizia Ranzi Maurizia Ranzi
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Storyline

The beautiful Beatrice Cenci, daughter of the noble Francesco, falls in love with the intendant Olimpio. But she has to face the jealousy of his violent and morbid father, and the hostility of his stepmother Lucrezia, who has a relationship with her other stepson, James. The stepmother and stepson-lover plan to kill Francesco. And when the latter dies accidentally, they decide to put the blame on Beatrice and Olimpio. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 September 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle of the Banned Lovers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 22028 delivered on 25-6-1956. See more »

Connections

Version of The Conspiracy of Torture (1969) See more »

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A seldom-seen historical gem.
10 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

This is one of the better films of Riccardo Freda's middle period, and yet is one of those lost epics which have yet to be unearthed and re-released. Lucio Fulci shot a more modern version of the Cenci legend in 1970, and Guido Brignone directed the 1941 version. What stands out most in Freda's tale, is the visual arrangement. The sets are very well decorated with a artistic sense, and even minor details show a careful concern for visual effect. Everything is pleasing to the eye. The film is slightly hampered by melodrama, but the whole is executed with grace. Admittedly, I enjoy Freda's historical films much more than his horror and exploitation, and probably am looking at the films from his own standards, as his later films he viewed more as a paycheck than anything else. This film is up to par with "Teodora" and "I Vampiri," and is one of the notable instances in which Freda builds a very nice story with a minimum of "action" and a maximum of drama and technical skill.


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