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Carthage in Flames [VHS]

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  • Actors: Pierre Brasseur, Daniel Gélin, Anne Heywood, Aldo Silvani, Ilaria Occhini
  • Directors: Carmine Gallone
  • Writers: Carmine Gallone, Duccio Tessari, Emilio Salgari, Ennio De Concini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004RPAT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set during the last of the Punic Wars and Rome's final victory over and destruction of Carthage. Political treachery, romantic attachments, courage and valor all come to the forefront as Carthage faces its annihilation. On the surface, the film appears to be one of the many Italian sword and sandal productions regularly ground out during the sixties but its pedigree is a bit more elevated. Based on the novel by popular (in Italy anyway) adventure author Emilio Salgari, the film's production values are imposing. Handsomely shot in 70 millimeter Technirama by Piero Portalupi (Visconti's BELLISSIMA) with some excellent set pieces such as a battle at sea that's more impressive than Wyler's BEN-HUR. Mario Nascimbene (THE VIKINGS) provided the stirring underscore and the cast features Pierre Brasseur (LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS), Daniel Gelin (LA RONDE), Anne Heywood (THE FOX) and future spaghetti western star, Terence Hill. Where the film fails is in the uninspired narrative which is all over the place resulting in some incoherence, it helps if you have a bit of historical knowledge regarding the background. Directed by Carmine Gallone. With Jose Suarez, Paolo Stoppa, Ilaria Occhini and Edith Peters.

The German DVD via WGF home video is in the film's correct wide screen (and anamorphic) aspect ratio but the transfer is adequate at best. The colors are fine but it could have benefited from more sharpness. The film has optional English, German and French soundtracks.
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