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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.

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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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The Warrior Empress or Sappho-Venus of Lesbos (Saffo, venere di Lesbo) provides another pretty good performance by Tina Louise
10 August 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the second of the Italian epics Tina Louise made for director Pietro Francisci for the year 1960. While IMDb lists the above American title, the actual translated Italian one actually says "Sappho-Venus of Lesbos". And, no, there's no girl-on-girl action here though one of Sappho's friends, Actis (Susy Golgi Andersen), seems to have somewhat of a crush on her. But Tina's character is actually smitten with a wounded man named Phaon (Kerwin Mathews) who stumbles into their women-only island. But she's promised to another man named Hyperbius (Riccardo Garrone). I'll stop there and just say that I wasn't as involved in the story as the previous Louise-Francisci collaboration, L'assedio di Siracusa (Siege of Syracuse), but I still liked many of the action scenes, the romantic sequences, and the once again beautiful score by Angelo Francesco Lavagino. And, hey, there's plenty of other fine-looking women other than Ms. Louise who wear clothing that accentuate their cleavage and legs to the utmost effect! So on that note, The Warrior Empress/Sappho-Venus of Lesbos is worth a look.


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