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The Warrior Empress (1960)

Saffo - Venere di Lesbo (original title)
He-man Phaon impresses Sappho of Lesbos at the temple of Aphrodite, circa 600 B.C.

Director:

Pietro Francisci

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (screenplay), Pietro Francisci (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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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She stormed the battlements of love and war! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warrior Empress See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Documento Film,Orsay Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Phaon: Where am I? Who are you?
Sappho: Don't be afraid, you're safe. This is the temple of Aphrodite.
Phaon: Aphrodite? Are you Aphrodite?
Sappho: Oh, no. I'm just a woman from Mytilini.
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Cheeky Italian Adventure
26 September 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In ancient Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, handsome warrior Kerwin Mathews (as Phaon) is wounded in battle. Luckily, the scantily-clad women of the island find Mr. Mathews and nurse him back to health. Mathews grows attracted to friendly, voluptuous and arousing Tina Louise (as Sappho). The feeling is mutual, which irks Ms. Louise's sub-textual female companion. To make matters worse, Louise's male companion was set to be Riccardo Garrone (as Hyperbius), who is Mathews' deadly enemy...

This was directed by Pietro Francisci and photographed by Carlo Carlini. They sometimes give it a dreamy quality, but this no Fellini. In fact, it's below average for the genre...

Mathews strolls through the part, impressing only because he's been good in previous adventures. Louise impresses in her looks alone; ludicrous but sexy, she did not forward her serious acting career with this one. The small-scale production saved money by having Mathews and the men go without pants; instead, they simply wore lower armored vests and pulled their shirts down. There are dozens of full-figured young running around braless in their satiny nighties. And, almost everyone gets to show some cheek.

**** The Warrior Empress/ Saffo, Venere di Lesbo (1960-08-24) **WC-Db4: Pietro Francisci ~ Kerwin Mathews, Tina Louise, Riccardo Garrone, Enrico Maria Salerno


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