There's still a glimmer of the film's original Technicolor sheen, especially in some of the blues and greens, but this is a pretty badly faded print, with registration problems throughout. It's pretty obvious that whoever wrote the script based the dialogue on a comics or cartoon adaptation of Homer's Odyssey without actually having read the original text. Coming at 101 minutes it's never boring tho there is more dialogue than action. On a Phaeacian island beach near Ithaca, meanwhile, Ulysses is found unconscious by the beautiful princess Nausicaa. Buy it if you must, but you were forewarned.
Kirk Douglas is the perfect choice for Ulysses and his performance is strong and convincing. Sound: It's also near impossible to divorce oneself from the actually comical dubbing fiasco to address the actual state of the soundtrack itself. Ulysses schemes to make wine from the local grapes and gets Polyphemus drunk. I was never a big fan but he was certainly versatile, and here his cool beard and longer hair make him a much more attractive, even sexy hero than does the austere buzz cut look he sports in the later epic, Spartacus 1960. After the cyclops passes out, Ulysses and his men poke his eye out with a burning stick, then trick him into moving the big boulder that serves as the cave's door.
Anthony Quinn is the arrogant Antinous, the most persistent of Penelope's suitors, hanging around the palace with a group of vicious noblemen, trying to persuade the lovely queen that Ulysses is dead and that she should choose one of them as her next husband. Spellbound, Ulysses stays with Circe for six more months, until his now restless crew finally mutiny. Among the many adventures that Ulysses encountered were a battle with the Cyclops, and a battle of the sexes with Circe, the Goddess whose siren call literally with the Sirens lured seamen to their doom. Ulysses is not one of Kirk Douglas's greatest roles, but the film still holds up well today and kids and grownups will appreciate it. Fed up, Telemachus tells his mother he is leaving to search for Ulysses, but she begs him to stay.
A true asset to the Dvd- collection of any real fan of adventure movies based on Greek mythology. I consider this movie a sentimental favorite, like the first version of The Nutcracker my teacher showed the class in fourth grade. In this version there is a curtailing of his adventures due to budget constraints but he does meet the Cyclops and is seduced on an exotic island. The motion picture, fill in the gaps with flashbacks, describes Ulysses' wanderings between Troy and Ithaca. I have no idea how much I would have liked or disliked Ulysses if I'd seen it for the first time last month.
I remember seeing this movie at about 8 yrs. Ulysses throws off his disguise and slays the suitors, but later bemoans the bloodbath and orders the room be purged with fire. They have to survive dangerous waters and perilous adventures before they see the shores their beloved kingdom of Ithaca once again. It's a battle of the strongest when Ulysses comes home to reclaim his wife, son, and kingdom. The entire film is a sweet reminder of old time adventure flicks which concerned themselves more with the story than its presentation. The story, based on a condensation of the Odyssey, moves along, cutting between episodes from the hero's adventures returning from the Trojan war, and his wife, Penelope, fending off greedy suitors on the home front.
I would like a refund!!! There, they find penned-in sheep, huge rounds of cheese and enormous tools, and soon are confronted by the cave's resident, the one-eyed Polyphemus, the giant son of Neptune. His final challenge is the suitors who want his wife and throne. I rate it a ten! Peril is everywhere - even at home, where the arrogant Antinous Anthony Quinn plots to steal Ulysses' wife before he can complete his final quest in this powerful tale of heroism. Pressured by Antinous, Penelope agrees to choose her new husband at the start of the upcoming games honoring the god Apollo. Gorgeous Silvano Mangano plays both Penelope and the enchantress Circe.
It is the story of Ulysses who dared defy the god and continued his journey to Ithaca , his home, where his wife Penelope was waiting. After victory in the Trojan War, Ulysses embarks on a ten-year journey back to his kingdom. Finally, she knew there was only one way for us to learn Odyssey: she showed us the movie. I suppose this is what we can expect of Italian cinema the director of the film was italian as were a number of the actors! En route, Ulysses and his crew get lost in the labyrinth of islands that lie between Troy and his homeland. The dust of centuries has not dimmed the glories of Ulysses' heroic deeds. He overcomes the Cyclops, the Sirens, and Circe. Any film that has 7 screenwriters may be in trouble, but apart from 1 or 2 jarring scene changes and flashbacks, this is a pretty straightforward adaptation of Homer's Odyssey but I must admit to never having read it!!! The men flee to the beach and set sail, one step ahead of the enraged Polyphemus.
I had no idea that Kirk Douglas could speak italian so fluently. During the hero's long absence many ambitious men have settled in his palace with the intention of marrying the supposedly widow Queen and rule Ithaca with her. There are two versions of this 1955 film available from Amazon. As a troubled man, Ulysses spends much time at the shore trying to remember his past. I enjoyed it very much. Refunds by law: In Australia, consumers have a legal right to obtain a refund from a business if the goods purchased are faulty, not fit for purpose or don't match the seller's description. Silvana Mangano is an imperious, beautiful wife, tho not very sexy - in my opinion and Rossana Podesta is the princess Ulysses falls in love with when he has lost his memory.
In any case, a direct comparison of either the special effects or the acting style is inappropriate and unfair. But for mythology buffs like me, it would rate as so-so if not below average. You might turn it off and think it's ridiculous, or you might think it's a clear, understandable adaptation of a very dense classic poem. Before the flashbacks of Ulysses' long journey home a prologue in Ithaca includes a brief scene from the Trojan war as background, though the famous wooden horse is not as spectacular as in another international production, Helen of Troy 1956. The next day, Penelope announces to her suitors that the games will commence with a bow-and-arrow contest, using Ulysses' old bow.
Scenes focus on Silvano's hypnotic eyes and sensuous lips. Arrived at last in Ithaca after loosing all his mates, he faces the pretenders to his throne in a memorable action and fighting sequence. Until a full widescreen copy of Ulysses appear, avoid this travesty like the plague. See the seller's listing for full details. Certainly not a film to be recommended! But several years previous, he went into Greek territory to play King Ulysses who has many adventures and flings after defeating Troy with that glorious wooden horse.