Friday, August 11, 2017

The Pharaohs' Woman (1960)

Original title: La Donna dei Faranoi

Director: Viktor Tourjansky

Writers: Remigio Del Grosso, Ugo Liberatore, Virgilio Tosi, Massimo Vitalo

Composer: Giovanni Fusco

Starring: Linda Cristal, Pierre Brice, Armando Francioli, John Drew Barrymore, Lilli Lembo, Nerio Bernardi, Guido Celano, Andreina Rossi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: For the forbidden charms of the temptress of the Nile...they turned the mighty land of the pharaohs into a blazing inferno!

Plot:  A beautiful girl and a young physician fall in love in the midst of a family, and power struggle between rival princes of Upper and Lower Egypt. When all seems to turn to the better, a dejected woman gets her revenge, and the couple's destruction.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Only if a sweet widescreen print in Italian shows up.

The pig in me wants to start by saying how 'bout that Linda Cristal?  Hubba hubba!

They sure wore some skimpy-ass outfits in ancient Egyptian times, huh?  It's wild they weren't more tan.  Oh, wait...  It's an OK Sword & Sandal picture.  Judging by the picture you can see that I was hampered with a VHS quality fullscreen print which REALLY friggin' sucked.  There were moments where you had one person on the left side of the screen (who was barely visible) talking to someone on the right side of the screen (again, barely visible).  It's a horrible way to watch a movie to say the least.  I'm sure I would have liked this a lot more if I were watching a great looking widescreen print and in Italian.  The English dub on this one is OK with some of the voices doing well and some not.  The story isn't too bad and it is handled alright I suppose.  I did like the ending.  There were a few little turns taken with the plot in the final minutes.  Watching a film like this in fullscreen really hurts when it comes to trying to get the scope of the thing.  The battle scenes at the end are almost wasted because of the narrow visibility.  While there is some action, it's mostly a romance picture between a woman and some fellas who want her for their own.  It's really tough judging a picture when you've got an English dubbed VHS quality fullscreen print. 

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