La Leggenda di Enea / Conquérants Héroiques
The Last Glory of Troy
Aeneas, Held von Troja / The Avenger
Albert Band, Giorgio Venturini for Mercury Films, Sirius, Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (= CICC)
directed by Giorgio Rivalta
starring Steve Reeves, Carla Marlier, Liana Orfei, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Gianni Garko, Mario Ferrari, Lulla Selli, Maurice Poli, Luciano Benetti, Pietro Capanna, Enzo Fiermonte, Charles Band, Benito Stefanelli
screenplay by Ugo Liberatore, Luigi Mangini, Arrigo Montanari, Nino Stresa, from the epic poem Aeneis by Publius Vergilius Maro (= Vergil), adaptation by Albert Band, music by Giovanni Fusco
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Aeneas (Steve Reeves), a former Trojan general (see The
Trojan War for his past history), has led the last Trojans
from their fallen city to a valley by the Tiber, & wants to ask King Latinus
(Mario Ferrari) of Laurentum to give him permission to settle here ... much to
the dismay of the neighbouring king Turnus (Gianni Garko), who ... well, is the
At first Turnus tries to destroy the Trojan settlement by stampeding
a herde of buffalos into its direction, but after that plan fails, he
resorts to plotting & scheming at King Latinus' court, where he knows
Latinus' wife (& his own aunt) Amata (Lulla Selli) on his side.
finds unexpected allies in Latinus' counselor & his daughter Lavinia (Carla
Marlier), who of course immediately falls in love with Aeneas (& she is a
hot babe). So Turnus has to fall back on a bigger scheme, as he has some of
Aeneas men coaxed into killing some sacred deer. & when the Trojans are
attacked by the gamekeepers for that, they kill some of them as well in
self defense. Now the public of Laurentum is entirely behind Turnus &
against the Trojans, which almost leads to a palace revolt when Latinus lets
the Trojans, whom he believes innocent, escape. This leaves Latinus with little
choice though but to join forces with Turnus & give him his army to attack
the Trojany. The Trohjans are outmanned, naturally, but Aeneas had the good
sense to ensure the aide of the neighbouring Etruscans - who are permanently
feuding with Turnus anyways - to hold of the attackers, at least for the day.
in the first night after the fighting had started, Aeneas is shocked about the
number of the fallen, friend & foe alike, so he persuades King Latinus to
have the war decided in a duel between himself & Turnus, which would end
the bloodshed & decide over the fate of the Trojans. Both Latinus &
The duel is fiercely fought, both on chariots & on foot,
with every weapon imaginable back then (& remember: it was a few
centureis before Christ), but guess who wins in the end ... (Aeneas, in case
you haven't guessed).
The founding myth of Rome, told as a pulpy
peplum (= Italian sword-&-sandal-movie), with a(n American) muscleman
(Steve Reeves) as the Roman founding father - which is (naturally) not without
a certain charm. However, back then there were funnier peplums around.