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Arms of the Avenger (1963)

I diavoli di Spartivento (original title)
Using Leonardo Da Vinci's innovative designs for weapons of war, flying engines and other machinery, three brothers join forces to fight a wicked and powerful Duke in early-Renaissance Italy.

Director:

Leopoldo Savona

Writers:

Mario Amendola (screenplay), Mario Amendola (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Drew Barrymore
Scilla Gabel
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu
Michel Lemoine
Jany Clair Jany Clair
Romano Ghini Romano Ghini
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci
Giampiero Calasso Giampiero Calasso
Antonella Murgia Antonella Murgia
Ignazio Leone Ignazio Leone
Ugo Silvestri Ugo Silvestri
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Using Leonardo Da Vinci's innovative designs for weapons of war, flying engines and other machinery, three brothers join forces to fight a wicked and powerful Duke in early-Renaissance Italy.

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms of the Avenger See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A real hidden gem!
29 April 2009 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I DIAVOLI DI SPARTIVENTO, or THE DEVILS OF SPARTIVENTO, is a real forgotten gem. Beautifully photographed, lush settings, great cast, inventive story and brilliant soundtrack. I saw it in Italian and even though I didn't understand all of the dialogue, i was able to follow the fun swashbuckling adventure with no problems. The direction is so assured that my lack of comprehension of the Italian language didn't bother me.

A dashing John Drew Barrymore stars as one of a trio of swashbuckling adventure seekers who roam the lush Italian countryside in search of brawling action, sword fights and beautiful women. The three men (brothers?) are all tall and leggy, wearing knee-high boots with opened laced shirts and visually, they make a unique looking bunch, like Adam Ant's long lost cousins.

The fun story is about the trio befriending a disciple of sorts of Leonardo da Vinci and how they use Da Vinci's inventions to battle the bad guys. This aspect gives the story a sorta sci-fi angle to it that's cool. Combine this with the light, comical tone of the direction, the memorable music (I dare you to listen to the main theme and not hum it afterwards) and the whole thing gels perfectly.

But what's really remarkable about this film is the cinematography and the look/production design. The image has a golden hue and the use of widescreen is eye filling. It's absolutely gorgeous to look at.

I highly recommend this swashbuckling adventure. It's a hidden gem.


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