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Scipio the African (1971)

Scipione detto anche l'africano (original title)
Years after the Second Punic War, Scipio Africanus finds himself generally unliked, despite his defeat of Hannibal Barca. He and his brother, Scipio Asiaticus, are accused by Marcus Porcius... See full summary »

Director:

Luigi Magni

Writers:

Luigi Magni (screenplay), Luigi Magni (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Scipione l'Africano
Silvana Mangano ... Emilia
Vittorio Gassman ... Catone il Censore
Ruggero Mastroianni Ruggero Mastroianni ... Lucio Cornelio Scipione detto l'Asiatico
Turi Ferro ... Giove Capitolino
Woody Strode ... Massinissa - re di Numidia
Fosco Giachetti ... Aulio Gellio
Ben Ekland Ben Ekland ... Sempronio Gracco
Enzo Fiermonte ... senatore Quinto
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... console Marcello
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Senatore
Ennio Antonelli Ennio Antonelli ... Servo di Scipione
Maria Adele Bigotti Maria Adele Bigotti
Carl Cik Carl Cik
Alessandro Coppola Alessandro Coppola
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Years after the Second Punic War, Scipio Africanus finds himself generally unliked, despite his defeat of Hannibal Barca. He and his brother, Scipio Asiaticus, are accused by Marcus Porcius Cato of the theft of 500 talents intended for Rome. Written by morroviolet

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Escipión, el africano See more »

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Mono

Color:

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A political film full of grace and irony
9 July 2012 | by wilkiecollinsSee all my reviews

Such a courageous film, so full of history and culture but filtered through the irony of the centuries. The eternal ugly side of politics reflects itself on the mirror of the past, with the bitterness of Scipio, the cynicism of his brother Lucio, the moral (and physical) beauty of his wife Emilia (Silvana Mangano), the stern but utilitarian morality of Cato, the indifference of the Gods, while the roman ruins of the scenery, and the modern language (roman dialect in the original) of the characters (splendid all the actors),demonstrate that past is present. Forty years old, this movie keeps being a perfect metaphor not only of the actual Italian situation but of the human factors, tragedy and comedy together. For refined palates.


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