La Corona di Ferro (1941)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure, Sword-and-Sorcery  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Set in 13th-century Italy, The Iron Crown is the story of the rise and fall of a corrupt monarch. By defying the crown, a symbol of justice, the monarch is plagued with a series of horrifying visions predicting dire consequences. Arminio (Massimo Girotti), better known for his physique than his acting prowess at the time Iron Crown was filmed), plays the muscular do-gooder who helps topple the wicked ruler, (King Sedemondo (Gino Cervi), from his throne. In the tradition of Italian historical epics, the film is a bit too loud and too long. Made nine years before its 1949 American release, The Iron Crown was a first-prize winner at the Venice Film Festival.

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king, corruption, crown, iron [metal], good-guy, justice, legend [fable], monarch, peril, vision [mystical]