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Una spada nell'ombra (1963)


Luigi Capuano


Gino De Santis (story and screenplay), Sergio Sollima (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamara Lees Tamara Lees ... Contessa Ottavia della Rocca
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Capitano Mellina
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Braccio
Mario Valdemarin Mario Valdemarin ... Fabrizio
Gabriella Farinon Gabriella Farinon ... Lavinia (as Gaby Farinon)
Pina Cornel Pina Cornel ... Iolanda
Gianni Rizzo Gianni Rizzo ... Giorgio
Lydia Johnson Lydia Johnson ... Marta
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi ... Zio Roger
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro ... Capitano delle guardie
Diego Michelotti Diego Michelotti ... Fabio
Gianni Baghino Gianni Baghino ... Zingano
Ignazio Balsamo Ignazio Balsamo ... Zingano
Luciano Bonanni Luciano Bonanni ... Zingano Balbuziente
Tullio Altamura Tullio Altamura ... Duca Ercole Altavilla


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Release Date:

20 December 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword in the Shadows See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romana Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Treachery, treachery, and then more treachery......
3 April 2007 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

If you think the Norse blood feuds were extreme, as this film shows they were equaled if not exceeded by the family feuds of the Italian Rennaisance period. "Sword in the Shadow" opens with the triumphant della Rocca family completely annihilating the Altavila family. But unbeknownst to the over-ripe dragon of a Countess (Tamara Lees) the doomed Duke and Duchess had sent a faithful retainer into hiding with their youngest tot and heir Fabrizio. In a belated show of remorse the Contessa takes in the orphaned young bastard son of the murdered duke who will later play a fateful role in her ambitions. After this boy, Braccio, and Fabrizio grow up (played by Longo and Valdemarin) the reckoning is set in motion when Fabrizio, who's been raised as a gypsy, steals a horse herd from della Rocca lands. The action moves along briskly and holds the interest, impeded only by a visit from a foppish (and boring) uncle and cousin who bring the Contessa's lovely daughter Lavinia home from her years at a convent school to be betrothed. Things get dicy when she falls for the gypsy lad. Livio Lorenzon has one of his best roles as the ever faithful but scorned minion of the Contessa. Stick around for the many betrayals, murders, and treachery after treachery.

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