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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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 ...  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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Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

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Avanture odiseja See more »

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

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Mono

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Color

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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 Multimedia San Paolo (Milan, Italy) VHS release, on 2 cassettes, is cut. It has a listed running time of 370 minutes. The Multimedia San Paolo (Milan, Italy) DVD release, on 2 discs, is cut. It has a listed running time of 370 minutes. The ElleU Multimedia (Rome, Italy) DVD release, on 2 discs, is cut. It has a listed running time of 392 minutes. See more »

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A masterpiece
18 October 2003 | by franchevalSee all my reviews

As it was already put, the best version ever of Homer's epic. Entirely shot in natural locations in the Mediterranean. The sea and the sky are strikingly blue, the islands green and untouched. The clothing is linen, wool and fur, the settings stony and bare, everything is somewhat rugged and primitive, a bit what you would find in Cacoyannis or Pasolini movies, and it makes it all the more authentic. Although the story is based on myths and widely goes into supernatural, it gives us a good idea of what life in the 10th century BC might have been like.

The rhythm is somewhat slow and austere, but the whole is so beautiful that you quickly get into it. Actually, it is amazingly close to the original plot by Homer, if not to the text itself. Ulysses doesn't appear until the first hour, the start being centered on his son looking after him. Then he suddenly appears lost in a storm, lands on the island of the Pheacians where the royal family takes good care of him. His adventures are told in flashback as a narration to his hosts : the terrifying Cyclop, the magic world of Circe, the Underworld, the Sirens etc. He finally comes back to his homeland Ithaca after 20 years, and it all ends dramatically with the killing of the pretenders of his faithful spouse Penelope.

As a story, the Odyssey is an unparalleled metaphor of the struggles of a man's life. The cast is brilliant and international here. Irene Papas gives us a typical Greek tragedy style performance as Penelope, but most amazing is the Albanian actor Bekim Fehmiu as Ulysses. Really good looking and totally convincing, it seems the role was really made for him. Strange that he was never offered roles of this dimension afterwards. Also playing Nausicaa is Barbara Bach (as Barbara Gregorini) later famous as the James Bond girl in "The Spy Who Loved Me", and playing Athena is Michele Breton, who was otherwise noted in the strange movie called "Performance" with Mick Jagger.

As it was done 35 years ago, the series was actually quite an innovation for its time, as the first big European co-production for TV (Italy, France, Germany and Yugoslavia). I have seen this mini-series in 8 parts on French television as far back as 1974. I was a kid back then, and although it was all in black and white, it left a very vivid impression. All my life long I wondered if I would ever get a chance to see it again, as it was never shown on French TV later on.

I recently found a copy on DVD (all in wonderful color) through Internet. It is unfortunately only in Italian with no subtitles, although French and German versions existed back then. I never heard there was any English version of this film as it is widely unknown in the Anglo Saxon world, and it's quite a shame. If you ever get a chance to watch this, you are not going to forget it ever.

There were not many versions of the Odyssey before or after that. The one by Camerini in 1955 starring Kirk Douglas is a classic sword-and-sandal like "the 10 Commandments", but not as impressive and very short for such a complex story. The one in 1997 by Konchalovsky is a meretricious Hollywood movie, based on special effects, sometimes quite gory, very poorly acted and grossly afar from Homer's story and atmosphere.


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