La Venere di Cheronea (1958)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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British sex symbol Belinda Lee stars in the overheated Italian costume melodrama La Venere di Cheronea (The Venus of Cheronea). Lee is cast as Afrodite, the girl who allegedly inspired the greatest works of famed Greek sculptor Praxiletes (Massimo Girotti). According to the screenplay, Afrodite was also the romantic bone of contention between Praxiletes and fugitive warrior Claudio (Jacques Sernas). Naturally, the plotline requires the curvaceous Lee to disrobe at the slightest provocation, and just as naturally, the censors had a hissy-fit every time she bared her knee or shoulder. The principal attribute of La Venere di Cheronea is the excellent color cinematography of Arturo Galles.

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ancient, beauty [physical], country-girl, courage, damsel-in-distress, God, Greece, jealousy, love, lover, love-triangle, modeling, prostitute/prostitution, sculpture, soldier, statue, suicide