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During archery in a wood Princess Fantaghiro is discovered by the hostile king's son Romualdo. He is able to take a short look at her before she can escape and immediately falls in love ... See full summary »

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Lamberto Bava

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Francesca Melandri (story and screenplay), Gianni Romoli (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandra Martines ... Fantaghirò
Mario Adorf ... The King
Kim Rossi Stuart ... Romualdo
Ángela Molina ... The White Witch / The White Knight
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... The General
Luciano Manzalini Luciano Manzalini ... Soothsayer (as The Ruggeri Twins)
Eraldo Turra Eraldo Turra ... Soothsayer (as The Ruggeri Twins)
Stefano Davanzati Stefano Davanzati ... Cataldo
Tomás Valík Tomás Valík ... Ivaldo
Ornella Marcucci Ornella Marcucci ... Catherine
Katerina Brozová ... Carolyn
Lenka Kubálková Lenka Kubálková ... Carolyn as a child
Philip Licman Philip Licman ... Chamberlain
Stanislava Bartosová Stanislava Bartosová ... Governess
Jan Morávek Jan Morávek ... Fire Thrower
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Storyline

During archery in a wood Princess Fantaghiro is discovered by the hostile king's son Romualdo. He is able to take a short look at her before she can escape and immediately falls in love with the unknown beauty. When Romulado challenges her father for a duel to end the bloody war between their people Fantaghiro is send out to fight him due to a prophecy. As Romualdo sees her dressed as a man he believes to recognize his beloved. So he tries everything to discover wether she is a man or a woman and prevent the duel. Fantaghiro starts to fall in love with him, too, but her sense of duty is strong. Will love bring them together or will it end as a tragedy? Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 December 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Cave of the Golden Rose See more »

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Budget:

ITL 5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ANFRI S.r.l.,Reteitalia See more »
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Romualdo: Why are you smiling?
Fantaghiro: I've never kissed a knight before.
Romualdo: Well, neither have I.
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Featured in Fantaghirò 4 (1994) See more »

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17 January 2008 | by dravidian_sentinelSee all my reviews

The Cave of the Golden Rose or Fantaghiro may hold a handful of cliché's found in the most popular of fairy tales yet somehow it also gives off a nostalgic appeal. Ironically, it is also unconventional at the same time.

Many portions may be predictable, maybe even to an extent far too surreal for a realist, a critic of the entire concept of love at first sight yet somehow all of these are balanced off by an "out of the box" storyline, a beautiful cast, a highly memorable soundtrack (Der Prinz un Fantaghiro as an example)and an often intelligently planted lighting.

Special effects and cinematography-wise, it may not compare to films that have been digitally manipulated such as The Lord of the Rings and all the others that have impressed us tremendously with three-dimensional graphics. It draws interest through its flowing narrative that is rather old-fashioned, episodic and reminiscent of chronicled epics. It's the sort that one would appreciate due to its ability to develop gracefully its main character, a trait that is a rarity to most films these days.

Recently we have come to know of female heroines who could parallel their male counterparts in a duel yet most of them lose their grace, their radiance, their ethereal majesty within their leather tights and lashing whips. Most certainly they have proved themselves to be worthy adversaries and valued allies yet we hardly see them employ that breathtakingly feminine charm that Fantaghiro has successfully maintained in an intriguing balance. I will not speak of it further as my thoughts might spoil your entertainment. ;) Overall however, The Cave of the Golden Rose is a masterpiece not meant to be described through words. It is the kind that is worthy of being experienced.


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