The Old Testament (Il vecchio testamento)(April 10, 1963)
Released on April 10, 1963: (running time 1 hour and 29 minutes) Three sons each try to free Jerusalem from invading armies.
Produced by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini
Written by Ghigo De Chiara, Luciano Martino, Gianfranco Parolini, Giorgio Prosperi and Giovanni Simonelli
The Actors: Brad Harris (Simon Maccabeas), Ivano Staccioli (Jonathan Maccabeas), Franca Parisi (Miza, Jonathan's girlfriend), Mara Lane (Diotima), Philippe Hersent (Namele), Carlo Tamberlani (High Priest Mattatia), Vladimir Leib (Antenone, Simon's friend), Jacques Berthier (Apollonious), Djordje Nenadovic (JudasMaccabeas), Ivy Stewart (unknown), Enzo Doria (Gionata), Ignazio Dolce (unknown), Isarco Ravaioli (Giovanni), Niksa Stefanini (unknown), Giuseppe Mattei (unknown), Arnaldo Martelli (unknown), Vladimir Bacic (unknown), Sava Severova (unknown), Irena Prosen (unknown), Susan Paget (unknown), Sergio Ciani (unknown), Fulvia Gasser (unknown), Rino Mattioli (unknown), Maks Furjan (unknown)
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Three Brothers and the Princess
In the 1930’s Hollywood churned out more cowboy western adventures than Carter had little liver pills, and in the 1960’s Italian motion picture producers created nearly as many costume stories of ancient times commonly known as ‘Sword and Sandal’ stories. Most of the stories were filled with muscular bare-chested men fighting for something or other, and there were usually a couple of well-endowed beautiful women who could provide the inspiration for the fellows to fight on.
This adventure was set in Biblical times and concerns the three sons of the High Priest of Jerusalem. As the story opens we meet Simon, a blacksmith, and his brother Judas. We discover that the city is about to be taken over by Roman-style invaders who will insist that the people of Jerusalem worship their god Jupiter.
Well, of course this doesn’t sit well with the people of Jerusalem, but they do not have enough fighting men to stand up to the invaders, so the young men all leave town to organize and figure out what to do.
The battle for Jerusalem will take many twists and turns, and the three Maccabean sons will each take a part in the victory. Simon the middle son is a peace-loving fellow who will fight if necessary, but seek peace first. Judas the oldest son is a fighter, ready to raise his sword to the enemy at any time. Youngest son Jonathan will try to make peace with the enemy after Judas is killed in battle, but he will also perish at the hands of the treacherous enemy.
In the end, it will be up to Simon, the peace-loving blacksmith, and the beautiful gal who loves him, but she is from the enemy, and she may help Simon, or sabotage his efforts. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Brad Harris and Mara Lane
Brad Harris as Simon
Franca Parisi and Ivano Staccioli
Jacques Berthier and Vladimir Leib
Mara Lane and Jacques Berthier