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Monday, January 31, 2011

Son Of Cleopatra (aka Il Figlio De Cleopatra) (1964)

A corrupt governor (Livio Lorenzon) to Egypt appointed by Rome suppresses the Egyptian people and fills his coffers up with their tributes and taxes rather than pass them on to Rome. A young tribesman of the desert called El Kabir (Mark Damon, FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER), the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, begins a revolt against the tyranny of Rome. This rather ludicrous Italian sword and sandal adventure comes across as a low rent hodge podge of CLEOPATRA (the palace sequences) and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (the desert sequences). The film looks to actually have been filmed in Egypt but even then, when we see the pyramids, they're the worn down pyramids of 1964 rather than the still whole pyramids of 22 B.C. It doesn't help that the up-swept hairdo with its myriad of curls of leading lady Scilla Gabel (MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN) screams out the 1960s! As lazy entertainment, it's okay but its a long way from the pulpy fun of the Steve Reeves S&S spaghetti epics. With Alberto Lupo as Octavian Caesar.

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