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Aphrodite, Goddess of Love (1958)

Afrodite, dea dell'amore (original title)
Antigonus, archon of Corinth, wants to build a magnificent temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, for which the people are oppressed by new and very high taxes. The sculptor Demetrius, ... See full summary »


Mario Bonnard


Mario Bonnard (screenplay), Mario Bonnard (story) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Corey ... Lerna (as Isobel Corey)
Anthony Steffen ... Demetrio (as Antonio de Teffe)
Irène Tunc ... Diala
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Antigono (as Ino Garrani)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Erasto
Carlo Tamberlani ... Matteo
Gian Paolo Rosmino Gian Paolo Rosmino ... Dineo (as Giampaolo Rosmino)
Andrea Aureli ... Kibur
Matteo Spinola Matteo Spinola ... Glauco
Adriano Micantoni Adriano Micantoni ... Ftire
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Crepilo
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Osco
Paul Muller ... L'Asiatico (as Paolo Muller)
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... La Spia (as Silvio Lorenzon)
Liliana Gerace Liliana Gerace ... La Veggente


Antigonus, archon of Corinth, wants to build a magnificent temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, for which the people are oppressed by new and very high taxes. The sculptor Demetrius, asked to make the face of the goddess Diana, falls in love with a slave, the Christian Lerna. With the arrival of the plague the people are increasingly discontented and Antigonus has easy game accusing the Christians who are immediately arrested and sentenced to death. The Roman troops arrive to restore order, saving the two lovers Demetrius and Lerna.

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Release Date:

29 August 1958 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Aphrodite, Goddess of Love See more »

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Schermi Produzione See more »
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Color (Eastman Color by Pathe)| Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 27605 delivered on 26-8-1958. See more »

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Well-mounted, old fashioned Italian costume drama
19 January 2017 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

APHRODITE, GODDESS OF LOVE is a straightforward costume drama from Italy. Bizarrely, the version I watched on Amazon Prime was dubbed into French with English subtitles. The film has more in common with the staged and old-fashioned costume dramas of the 1950s than the all-action sword and sandal excitement of the post-HERCULES peplum wave, but fans of Italian cinema will probably still enjoy it.

The film tells the intriguing tale of Antigone, a man obsessed with building a temple to the titular deity. Unfortunately his plans are thwarted by plague and a disgruntled populace, and he turns on the Christians in the vicinity as a result. The main character in the film, Demetrius, is a sculptor who falls in love with a Christian slave girl, with harrowing results.

This story is well mounted by genre standards and very colourful. The costumes look and feel authentic. Sergio Leone had a hand in the script and also worked on the story as assistant director. Fans of Italian cinema will spot the likes of Anthony Steffen as the skinny hero alongside bit parts from Paul Muller and Massimo Serato. Best of the lot is Ivo Garrani's delightfully scheming Antigone.

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