Duel of the Titans (1961)

aka Romolo e Remo

Article 3683 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-30-2011
Posting Date: 9-14-2011
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Featuring Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Virna Lisi
Country: Italy / France
What it is: Historical epic

Two brothers, destined to found the city of Rome, are separated from their mother and grow up as thieves. They discover their destiny, but will it be possible for them to share the rule of their new city…?

It’s easy to forget sometimes, but quite a few of the Italian Sword and Sandal movies are not fantasies but historical epics. That’s largely the case with this one; this telling of the story of Romulus and Remus keeps the fantastic content in the background. There’s some light prophecy and talk about the brothers being the sons of a god, but these touches are so slight that they hardly count. It’s one of the better and more ambitious movies of its ilk, but that’s usually the case when Steve Reeves is on hand; furthermore, the dubbing is much more careful than usual. Still, it’s a bit on the dull side, especially during the first part before the movie finds a clear direction to go. It’s mildly entertaining, and occasionally very good, but the lack of fantastic content will probably make it one I probably won’t revisit.

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