Hannibal (1960)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic, Sword-and-Sandal, Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Yet another in a spate of historical costume dramas by Italian filmmakers, Hannibal tells the story of the famous general's battles and his ill-advised march across the snowy Alps. To make life that much more interesting, violence, gore, sex, love, and personal issues are thrown in for good measure. The great general is played by Victor Mature and his main love interest Sylvia by Rita Gam. As Hannibal's successes in battle increase, it seems like he is fated for ultimate victory, but his own failings are his undoing in the end. Unevenly paced and unconvincing in parts, this offering by director Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (best-known for the "Toto" series of comedies) is geared more for audiences out for spectacle and entranced by history, no matter how it is interpreted.

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against-all-odds, Alps, battle [war], conquest, elephant, General, lust, military-leader, territory