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Constantine and the Cross (1961)

Costantino il grande (original title)
Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.

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... Constantine
... Fausta
... Maxentius
... Livia
... Hadrian
Tino Carraro ... Emperor Maximianus
... Constantius Chlorus
... Apuleius
Elisa Cegani ... Elena
Nando Gazzolo ... Licinius
... Galarius
Franco Fantasia ... Roman Soldier
Loris Gizzi ... Roman Prosecutor
Enrico Glori ... Livia's Father
Jole Mauro ... Celi, Fausta's Maid
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Somewhat fictionalized dramatic account of Late Roman Emperor Constantine, his rise to power, and his establishment of religious tolerance among Roman subjects. Constantine's adoption of Christianity allowed this small persecuted religion to sweep throughout Europe as the empire's power waned. Written by mstomaso

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When the Might of the Sword and the Sign of the Cross Unite in the Most Thrilling Story of Faith Ever Told on the Screen!


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In this sign thou shalt conquer!
30 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film must have been spectacular in its day, just like the Roman Empire. Now its saturated colors are faded, its panoramic vision compressed. Cornel Wilde is still a hunk, but an aging one, and it's hard to believe he was the educated, fluent in several languages and fussy about his roles actor from his performance here, delivering some of his lines just like John Wayne might have done. There are several hokey overview shots of Rome, which are really of the scale model version from the Museum of History of the City of Rome, but otherwise the sets, costumes and production is a lavish one. The final battle at the Milvian Bridge is endless (you know who is going to win), but thanks to this victory, Christianity directs the course of Western History.


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