Spartaco (1952)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Sword-and-Sandal, Costume Adventure  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Originally titled Spartaco, Sins of Rome is a highly suspect retelling of the 1st-century B.C. slave revolt which rocked the Roman Empire to its foundations. Spearheading the rebellion is Thracian slave Spartacus (Massimo Girotti), who is no Kirk Douglas but who handles the role with panache. To enhance the film's box-office appeal, the scriptwriters contrive to bestow upon Spartacus two leading ladies: Sabina (Gianna Maria Canale), the sensuous daughter of a Roman aristocrat, and Sabina's personal slave Amitys (played by ballerina Ludmilla Tcherina). There's plenty of gladiatorial combat, exciting battle scenes and out-of-synch English dubbing. Sins of Rome was distributed in the U.S. by RKO Radio Pictures.

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ancient, aristocracy, conflict, danger, freedom, gladiator, leader, love, love-triangle, one-against-odds, prison, rebel, revolution, rival, Roman, romance, slavery