Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bekim Fehmiu ...  Ulisse 8 episodes, 1968
Leonard Steckel Leonard Steckel ...  Narrator (German version) 8 episodes, 1968
Constantin Andrieu Constantin Andrieu ...  Antinoo 7 episodes, 1968
Irene Papas ...  Penelope 6 episodes, 1968
Renaud Verley ...  Telemaco 6 episodes, 1968
Barbara Bach ...  Nausicaa 6 episodes, 1968
Marina Berti ...  Arete 5 episodes, 1968
Roy Purcell Roy Purcell ...  Alcinoo 5 episodes, 1968
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri ...  Euriclea 4 episodes, 1968
Karl-Otto Alberty ...  Eurimaco 4 episodes, 1968
Constantin Nepo Constantin Nepo ...  Antinoo 4 episodes, 1968
Ivica Pajer ...  Euriloco 4 episodes, 1968
Petar Buntic Petar Buntic ...  Filetore 4 episodes, 1968
Maurizio Tocchi Maurizio Tocchi ...  Leocrito 3 episodes, 1968
Andrea Saric Andrea Saric ...  Melanto 3 episodes, 1968
Michèle Breton Michèle Breton ...  Atena 3 episodes, 1968
Duje Novakovic Duje Novakovic ...  Elpenore 3 episodes, 1968
Scilla Gabel ...  Elena 2 episodes, 1968
Samson Burke Samson Burke ...  Polifemo 2 episodes, 1968
Corrado Monteforte Corrado Monteforte ...  Anfinomo 2 episodes, 1968
Fausto Tozzi ...  Menelao 2 episodes, 1968
Mimmo Palmara ...  Achille 2 episodes, 1968
Enzo Fiermonte ...  Demodoco 2 episodes, 1968
Gérard Herter ...  Laocoonte 2 episodes, 1968
Igor Sunara ...  Extra, Suitor 2 episodes, 1968
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Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Avanture odiseja See more »

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Runtime:

(theatrical) | (8 episodes) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Thomas organ was prominently featured on the soundtrack to create special musical effects. See more »

Goofs

When the bow of Ulysses is taken form the storage room it is clearly strung. Bows have to be stored unstrung or they lose their strength over time (and this one is said to have not been touched for 20 years). As a result the movie deviates from the epic in the essential part that in the epic the bow is useless to the suitors because they are unable to string it (either due to lack of strength or not knowing that a composite bow is strung backwards). The movie on the other hand shows the suitors (rather unconvincingly) unable to simply draw the bow. See more »

Alternate Versions

The ElleU Multimedia (Rome, Italy) DVD release, on 2 discs, eliminates the initial and final titles of each of the eight parts of the original TV movie (except for the initial titles of the first and for the final titles of the last one), thus presenting the whole series as a single movie. On the contrary, the VHS release, on 3 cassettes, maintains the titles of every single part. This could be the reason for the different running time, leading to the conclusion that the DVD release is not cut. See more »

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Version of The Odyssey (1997) See more »

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Masterpiece - Cinematography at its prime
6 January 2011 | by asterisk-893-146033See all my reviews

The Odyssey as a book is a masterpiece of world literature by itself. Sadly enough, every movie version of Homers epic, hardly make any impression on me, and from comments below I can see I'm not the only one.But seeing this version was entirely different experience. I don't know why, but no movie ever awake in me such sense for longing, nostalgic, a feel for time that past by, like this series. I was delighted to find Italian subs for deaf persons & translate it to my native Serbian.Latter, on my vacation on Kefalonia & Ithaca, I'v got desire to translate to English, and partly as a homage to Bekim Fehmiu who commit a suicide at that time in Belgrade. With only few minor diversions from Homer, F. Rossi made this series as best adaptation of any classical work, as by my opinion.Omittion of Scylla & Charibdes was probably due to budget constraints. Also, displacing the episode with Lestrygonians into openings of Odysseus story (& reducing Odysseus fleet to one ship), he cunningly enable himself easier & cheaper (but equally effective) performance.In places where he change Homer (ex.suitors decide to string bow day after failed competition), he does so artistically, that I have impression that even Homer would congratulate him. With obviously only two constructed ships (one large & one small-that of Telemachus), he accurately depicted on of most famous sea voyages in history.Unique depiction of ships, cities, Trojan horse or Odysseus bow just adds to astonishment. Dialogues are special thing in this series:natural, proverbial, romantic & never boring.Actors plays in such manner, that I cant remember anyone who deserves any critic. This series also affect me to look on another works of Franco Rossi. Thus I watch Eneid (1971), which is mostly deficient comparing to his previous work (ie Odissea), but have nice description of destruction of Troy & still its only full film version of Vergil epic.My recommendations.


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