10 August 2012 | tavm
L'assedio di Siracusa or Siege of Syracuse was an entertaining Italian epic with Tina Louise among the pleasures
Around the late '50s-early '60s, Tina Louise left Hollywood for Italy to make movies there. She made a couple for director Pietro Francisci of which this was the first. Depending on the condition of her character and whoever addresses her, she's known as either Artemide or Diana or Lucrezia. As Diana, she falls for an inventor named Archimedes (Rossano Brazzi) who works for the king of Syracuse. Archimedes, however, is promised the hand in marriage to the king's daughter, Clio (Sylva Koscina). Since Diana's step brother, Gorgia (Enrico Maria Salerno), is politically ambitious, he makes sure Diana doesn't stay with Archimedes by having her drugged and taken away. On that ship, she loses her memory and lands in Rome where she then falls for General Marcello (Alberto Farnese). It's there that her and Archimedes' son, Marco (Luciano Marin), live with the general as family. While I knew Archimedes was a real-life figure, I wasn't sure about the others so I looked up on Wikipedia and found out many of the characters were made up, not to mention some events as well. Still, even knowing that, I was quite entertained especially during the battle scenes though I detected an amateurish quality among the soldier extras when they were wailing in pain while dying. Otherwise, the dialogue (In Italian with English subtitles) and acting were pretty good for this sort of thing and Ms. Louise isn't too much of a sticking-out figure among Italians except where it counts-her sexiness when she's dancing or her figure when some skin is shown when wearing skimpy clothing. What I didn't like was that the YouTube upload I watched had some abrupt cuts especially since that also abruptly edited some of the beautiful score by Angelo Francesco Lavagino. Still, like I said, I highly enjoyed this movie so on that note, I highly recommend L'assedio di Siracusa or Siege of Syracuse.