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The Warrior Empress (1960)

Saffo - Venere di Lesbo (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 24 August 1960 (Italy)
He-man Phaon impresses Sappho of Lesbos at the temple of Aphrodite, circa 600 B.C.

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Pietro Francisci

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (screenplay), Pietro Francisci (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Tina Louise ... Sappho
Kerwin Mathews ... Phaon
Riccardo Garrone ... Hyperbio
Antonio Battistella Antonio Battistella ... Peone
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Melanchro
Susy Andersen ... Actis (as Susy Golgi)
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Larico
Strelsa Brown Strelsa Brown ... Priestess of Aphrodite
Annie Gorassini ... Dyla
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini ... Demetrio
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Pittaco
Elda Tattoli ... Sappho's Nurse
Isa Crescenzi Isa Crescenzi ... Peasant Woman
Lilly Mantovani Lilly Mantovani ... Cleide
Fernando Hilbeck ... Scarface
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He-man Phaon impresses Sappho of Lesbos at the temple of Aphrodite, circa 600 B.C.

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Sappho: Immortal Aphrodite, Goddess of Flowers, Skilled in all Arts of Love, Daughter of Zeus, I pray thee, Come now, oh Queen, on thy winged chariot. And all that my heart desires to accomplish, accomplish thou. And be, thyself, my ally.
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Silly Sword and Sandals entry is stupid fun with one solid acting job
21 January 2009 | by OldAle1See all my reviews

The Italian title is "Saffo, venere di Lesbo" which I guess is something like "Sappho, Venus of Lesbos" but anybody who can read Italian go ahead and correct me (Babelfish was no help). Doesn't matter, you get the idea - this is a peplum, Italian sword-and-sandals cheapie, and Sappho (Tina Louise) happens to be the main character. Of course this bears little or no resemblance to the historic poetess, and anybody thinking that "sappho" and "lesbos" means there's going to be some girl-girl action here had best be disabused of that right away. "The Warrior Empress" is probably as good a title as any for this cheesy romp, when it comes down to it.

Sappho is one of the heirs of Melanchrus, a slovenly and sybaritic king who keeps taxing the people beyond their means and ultimately inciting a revolt. Kerwin Matthews is Phaon the double-agent in the king's guard who leads the revolt and, of course, falls for Sappho who is however promised to Hyperbius (Italian actor Riccardo Garrone in the sole good performance in the film). Fighting and declaiming over freedom, and a really badly staged and laughable sea battle between two triremes follow.

The sets are as cardboard and pathetic as anything out of the original "Star Trek" and Matthews' and Louise' acting is of a par. Still, laughable fun and I look forward to exploring more of this genre someday.


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1960 (Italy) See more »

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Italy

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Mono (Westrex Recording)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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