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La spada e la croce (1958)

Set against the magnificent backdrop of classic Rome, "The Sword and the Cross" is the story of a notorious harlot who must choose between her lascivious lifestyle and the love and affection of her decent-minded brother.

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Ottavio Poggi (story), Sandro Continenza (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Maria Maddalena
Jorge Mistral ... Caio Marcello
Rossana Podestà ... Marta
Massimo Serato ... Anan
Andrea Aureli ... Barabba
Terence Hill ... Lazzaro (as Mario Girotti)
Nando Tamberlani Nando Tamberlani ... Caifa
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Ponzio Pilato
Rossana Rory ... Claudia
Nadia Brivio Nadia Brivio
Bob Morgan ... Giuda (as Roberto Morgani)
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri ... Centurione Romano
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Ezra
Roberto Cesana Roberto Cesana
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Set against the magnificent backdrop of classic Rome, "The Sword and the Cross" is the story of a notorious harlot who must choose between her lascivious lifestyle and the love and affection of her decent-minded brother.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 December 1958 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Magdalene See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Liber Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yvonne DeCarlo's voice was dubbed by another actress in the English-language version. See more »

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Version of Mary Magdalene (2000) See more »

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She' s so many women....
19 December 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Miss De Carlo is always a feast for the eyes ;this is a pleasant sword and sandal extravaganza,but only if you forget the gospels .Because her Mary Magdalene is made of bits of characters featured in the Holy Writ and her adventures which include a Barraba attack and an affair with a Roman officer are rather unreliable,to put it mildly.

She's Lazarus' (played by Mario Girotti aka Terence Hill) and Martha's sister (sic) ,which allows the director to film the young man rise from the dead;she is also the adulteress,complete with "let him who has never sinned.....";she's also the sinner who washes Jesus ' feet ,but without Judas Iscariot's nasty intervention;it's too much for the same woman :the gospels only say that Jesus cast seven demons out of her ,if my memory serves me well.

That said,there 's never a dull moment and Yvonne De Carlo is really as gorgeous as ever.


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