Un péplum con una puesta en escena magnánima que nada tiene que envidiar a una película como "Intolerancia". Patrone narra la odisea de dos romanos en busca de una princesa como excusa para retratar un evento histórico. Claro que como todo relato de dedillo histórico puede ser algo tedioso, especialmente si hay muchos personajes y eventos dentro del mismo.
Before Cecil B DeMille,before DW Griffith, even before Hollywood. There existed a thriving European Film Industry,which included Italian films like "The Last Days Of Pompeii" and "Quo Vadis"(both 1913).Then a year later Giovanni Pastrone directed "Cabiria",the film that was to define the epic movie and influence Griffith's " Intolerance "(1916) and many other film makers to come.Not an easy watch today,but important
7/10. Amazingly early and opulent sandal epic. How much in cinema goes back to this? Too bad the story, with its many names and plot convolutions, is impossible to follow upon first viewing. The acting is often ahead of its time: Sophonisba aside, few histrionics are on display. Fulvio Axilla and Maciste truly loveable! Pagano as Maciste may be cinema's first action hero. Did Milius get the 'Conan wheel' idea here?
Cinema of the Spectacle grows up! This is what a big-budget epic historical extravaganza looked like 100 years ago, and it set the standard for every spectacular historical epic film that ever followed. The acting is a bit melodramatic, even choppy, but I can't imagine that audiences cared in 1914, I'm sure that they were blown away by the overwhelming sets, images, and production. An astounding achievement.