A lot, perhaps too much, money went into the making of Ulysses, but expense shows. Besides the epic Homeric peg, pic has an internationally balanced cast, with Yank, French and Italian elements predominant.

A lot, perhaps too much, money went into the making of Ulysses, but expense shows. Besides the epic Homeric peg, pic has an internationally balanced cast, with Yank, French and Italian elements predominant.

Only a few of the w.k. Homeric episodes have been included in the already lengthy pic, and are told in flashback form as remembered by the hero. Featured are his love for Nausicaa; the cave of Polyphemus, the one-eyed monster; the Siren Rocks; the visit to Circe’s Island cave and the return to Penelope. But material covered makes for plenty of action, dominated by a virile performance by Kirk Douglas.

Others include costar Silvana Mangano, a looker, as both Circe and Penelope, but unfortunately limited by both parts to expressing monotonous unhappiness until the finale. Anthony Quinn handles his bits well. For a spectacle, the pic runs too many closeups, with longish stretches of dialog between the two principals, or soliloquized.

Ulysses

Italy

Production

Lux/Ponti-De Laurentiis. Director Mario Camerini; Producer Carlo Ponti, Dino De Laurentiis; Screenplay Mario Camerini, Franco Brusati, Ben Hecht, Irwin Shaw, Hugh Gray, Ennio De Concini; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor Leo Catozzo; Music Alessandro Cicognini; Art Director Flavio Mogherini

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Silvana Mangano Anthony Quinn Rossana Podesta Jaques Dumesnil
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