Gerusalemme Liberata (1961)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Epic  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Even within its category of stock sword-and-sandal films from Italy, this is a weak entry set in the Middle Ages and featuring the adventures of the Crusaders as they capture Jerusalem. Lacking panoramas of battles any larger than a handful of people at a time, some of the oomph is necessarily missing. The story itself is based on the growing love between Tancrid (Francisco Rabal), one of the leading Crusaders, and Glorinda (Sylvia Koscina), the daughter of the king of Persia. Glorinda does not sit home and embroider, she dons armor and goes into battle with the best of them. This may not turn out to be such a good idea, since Tancrid will be among the many enemies she may encounter in her iron-clad persona.

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attack, battle [war], Christianity, crusade, daughter, forbidden-love, invasion, killing, king, knight, love, lover, princess, Saracen, tragic-love, warrior