Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Il colosso di Rodi / The Colossus of Rhodes

El coloso de Rodas / Le Colosse de Rhodes / Taistelu Rhodoksesta / Striden om Rhodos. IT/FR/ES 1961. PC: Comptoir Français de Productions Cinematographiques, CTI-Cinema Television International, Cineproduzioni Associate, Procusa Films. EX: Michele Scaglione. D: Sergio Leone. SC: Luciano Chitarrini, Ennio De Concini, Carlo Gualtieri, Sergio Leone, Luciano Martino, Ageo Savioli, Cesare Seccia, Duccio Tessari. DP: Antonio Ballesteros – Eastmancolor – Supertotalscope. PD: Ramiro Gómez, Jesús Mateos, Francisco Rodríguez Asensio. Cost: Vittorio Rossi. M: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. Choreography: Carla Ranalli. ED: Eraldo Da Roma. Cast: Rory Calhoun (Darios), Lea Massari (Diala), Georges Marchal (Peliocles), Conrado San Martín (Thar), Ángel Aranda (Koros), Mabel Karr (Mirte), George Rigaud (Lissipu), Roberto Camardiel (Xerxes), Mimmo Palmara (Ares), Félix Fernández (Carete), Carlo Tamberlani (Xenon), Alfio Caltabiano (Creonte), José María Vilches (Eros). 139 min. Versione italiana. Restauro Cineteca di Bologna. E-subtitles in Finnish by Lena Talvio. 35 mm print viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (For a Few Sergios More, Helsinki Festival), 23 Aug 2011.

Revisited and sampled Sergio Leone's debut film as a film director. IMDb synopsis: "While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents." The story takes place in the year 280 BC. It is an assured spectacle that impresses with professionalism but hardly much more. Familiar as I am previously with an old print of the English version it was now a revelation to see the excellent Bologna restoration of the original Italian version with its wonderful colour.

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