Ulysses (1954)

Ulysses (1954)

Director: Mario Camerini Cast: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn

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This very expensive Italian-made adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" stars Kirk Douglas as seafaring hero Ulysses. The story begins, as ever, with Ulysses leaving his faithful wife Penelope (Silvano Magnano) behind as he goes off to fight in the Trojan Wars. Having the poor taste to set himself above the gods after a stunning military victory, Ulysses is doomed to journey aimlessly across the sea until he can make amends. Along the way, our hero battles a cyclops, resists the fatal singing of the Sirens, and enjoys a brief interlude with pig-fancying enchantress Circe (also played by Silvano Magnano). Years and years later, Ulysses returns to Penelope, where he must meet and master a final challenge. Acceptable enough when first released in 1954, Ulysses pales in comparison to the high-tech, all-star 1997 TV miniseries version of The Odyssey.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
UPC: 0012236100669
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 6,642

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Ulysses
Silvana Mangano Penelope/Circe
Anthony Quinn Antinous
Rossana Podestà Nausicaa
Jacques Dumesnil Alicinous
Franco Interlenghi Telemachus
Elena Zareschi Cassandra
Mario Feliciani Actor
Daniel Ivernel Euriloco
Piero Lulli Actor
Teresa Pellati Actor
Michele Riccardini Actor
Sylvie Euriclea
Gualtiero Tumiati Actor
Tania Weber Actor
Evi Maltagliati Actor
Ludmilla Dudarova Actor
Oscar Andriani Actor

Technical Credits
Mario Camerini Director,Screenwriter
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Franco Brusati Screenwriter
Leo Cattozzo Editor
Alessandro Cicognini Score Composer
Giulio Coltellacci Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio de Concini Screenwriter
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugh Gray Screenwriter
Flavio Mogherini Art Director
Ivo Perilli Screenwriter
Carlo Ponti Producer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Eugen Schüftan Makeup
Irwin Shaw Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ulysses
1. Opennig Credits/Gods & Heroes [3:53]
2. Ulysses' Curse [8:04]
3. A Man with no Memory [8:02]
4. Nausicaa [3:47]
5. Antinous of Cephalonia [5:04]
6. Wedding Day [4:52]
7. Mysterious Island [4:08]
8. Cyclops [12:55]
9. The Siren's Song [6:18]
10. Unknown Force [1:53]
11. Circe the Goddess [7:18]
12. Spellbound [10:33]
13. Going Home [4:54]
14. A Beggar [7:52]
15. Revenge [10:09]
16. Reconciliation [1:32]

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Ulysses 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
catu11us More than 1 year ago
This DVD is difficult to review becasue it is a badly mutilated version of an excellent original. Filmed in 1954, Ulysses had a visual aspect of 1.66:1, one of the earliest widescreen productions to hit the silver screen. This was a fitting stage for an expansive legend. Yet ... and yet ... the producers of this botched DVD have seen fit to chop it down to 1.33:1. This is the phoney-baloney "full" screen, the term the uses to disguise their butchery. "Full", indeed! Just as "full" as 9 eggs to the dozen. If you want spend good money for a shoddy hacked-up product, go ahead. If you do, let me know. I have some riverside property in New Orleans you will definitely be interested in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 1987, my son wanted a new bedtime story. He was four years old, so I figured he was ready for Homer's Odyssey. As I finished the abridged version of the tale and tucked him under the covers, he wished he could watch it on television. The next day, I rented a VHS copy of Ulysses for a week. My son watched it every day and began acting the story out. Later, when he was in high school, we bought him his own copy of the movie. Somewhere there exists a video which he and his friends made with the cat starring as Scylla and the flushing toilet as Charybdis!
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