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Pia of Ptolomey (1958)

Pia de' Tolomei (original title)


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Stars: Jeanne Valérie, Jacques Sernas, Edmund Purdom


Credited cast:
Jacques Sernas ... Ghino Perticari
Ilaria Occhini Ilaria Occhini ... Pia de' Tolomei
Arnoldo Foà ... Nello Della Pietra
Bella Darvi ... Bice
Franca Mazzoni Franca Mazzoni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Andersen Conrad Andersen
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre
Giulio Calì Giulio Calì
Renato Chiantoni
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy
Fausto Guerzoni Fausto Guerzoni
Herbert Knippenberg Herbert Knippenberg
Adriano Micantoni Adriano Micantoni
Marco Paoletti Marco Paoletti
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena


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Release Date:

29 December 1958 (Italy) See more »

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La parole est à l'épée See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Mid-grade Italian adventure epic.
10 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

This seldom-seen rarity is one of the films which Sergio Grieco made after his run of low-budget swashbucklers, and yet before he achieved professional success with "Salambo." It received poor reviews from the Italian critics, and marks a period of progressive improvement in Grieco's films. Gerard Landry has been replaced by Arnoldo Foa' as the main actor of the drama, and Ilaria Occhini, who looked so lovely in Giacomo Gentilomo's 'Sigfrido' just a year earlier, returns to grace the screen, opposite Jacques Sernas as the hero of the tale. Grieco uses a more obscure cast in this film, several unknown faces showing up, and much of the adventure and swordplay of his earlier films is replaced by an improved drama and dialog. It would be nice to see this film in its original Italian version, but no company has yet offered to give this film that reviving touch much needed for any film historian to successfully evaluate its merits. I consider it a film with some good potential, and another stepping-stone (albeit a minor one) in the history of the Italian adventure epic.

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