Messaline (1952)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, USA  |  
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It is Maria Felix's turn to play one of Ancient Rome's most notorious femme fatales in Messaline. Sleeping her way to the top, Messaline weds Emperor Augustus (Memo Bessani), all the while entertaining dozens of virile young males. Enjoying unbridled power, the empress holds the entire Roman Empire in her grip. When her husband and courtiers fail to satisfy her, she takes to the streets disguised as a prostitute to sexually exploit a few average citizens. Filmed on an enormous scale, Messaline contains all that is expected of a Roman epic, including a few graphically detailed episodes in the Colosseum. Among those tossed to the lions is dancing girl Cynthia (Delai Scala), who like empress Messaline displays pulchritude aplenty before her inevitable demise.

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ancient, decadence, emperor, empire, husband, love, lust, perfection, prostitute/prostitution, search, street, wife