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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:

The Warrior Empress See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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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

Actis: You seem dazed by his words.
Sappho: What are you saying, Actis?
Actis: I'm ashamed of you. Don't you understand? You must never trust them. Never. Men bring only deceit, hatred and lies.
Sappho: They must have made you suffer very much.
Actis: I hate them! They dazzle you with their insolent glances. You don't know them. But, as long as I'm alive, they'll never harm you. You're the only dear friend I'll ever have, Sappho.
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THE WARRIOR EMPRESS (Pietro Francisci, 1960) **
25 April 2011 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

To begin with, I watched this patiently expecting the titular figure to turn up somewhere along the line but, after 90 minutes, no such luck! For what it is worth, the film does mark a potentially intriguing overlap of epic exponents – namely director Francisci (who, with HERCULES {1957}, led the peplum into its most popular phase) and star Kerwin Mathews (who had been the protagonist in many an effects-filled fantasy/adventure). However, what we have here is a thoroughly routine effort with the emphasis on romance and dancing – the heroine (played by Tina Louise) is one of a group of scantily-clad Vestal Virgins-cum-Amazonians (they even get to demonstrate their ostensible ruggedness by organizing a chariot race amongst themselves!) who, while engaged to soldier Riccardo Garrone (best-known as a comic and for his TV ads publicizing coffee in the guise of Saint Peter!), becomes involved with wounded fugitive agitator Mathews when he takes refuge in their remote temple ("an island within an island", as Garrone describes it solely for the viewer's benefit).

A semi-interesting revelation concerns Mathews' true métier; however, the film falters mainly because we are supposed to believe that the people are oppressed yet, not only do we get scarce evidence to this end but the tyrant (hammily played by Enrico Maria Salerno) is, at best, an eccentric obsessed with his own cleanliness (he is constantly asking whether his bath has been prepared)! In fact, the potentate is merely exiled at the end, leaving the jilted Garrone to bear the brunt of the villain's expected come-uppance (at the hands of a lion, since a den filled with these animals conveniently lies just outside the Vestals' temple-gate, presumably to prevent anyone entering or exiting). By the way, the original Italian title of this one is highly suggestive – SAPPHO, VENUS OF LESBO (for the record, a real-life Greek poetess/muse)! – but the only other tell-tale sign (apart from the girls' afore-mentioned athletic prowess) of any homosexual activity going on behind closed doors is the fact that Louise's room-mate proves jealous of her attentions for the hero, reports him to the naturally-annoyed Garrone (though he fails to notice her own pining for his fiancée!) and, predictably, gets her just desserts by eventually becoming lion-fodder.


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