Helen of Troy (1956)
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Bring on the wooden horse! Good spectacle directed by Robert Wise.
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What must be no one can change. Prince Paris is sent to the Greeks in hopes of negotiating a peace treaty between Troy and the Greeks. His ship crashes and he washes onto the Greek shore. He is nurtured by a slave family and the beautiful queen of the Greeks who spends time with the slaves without the King's knowledge. Paris and the queen fall in love and return to Troy together. The Greeks send 1,000 ships to Troy to retrieve the queen and destroy the Trojans. "The gods sometimes crush the bravest of intentions." Robert Wise, director of West Side Story, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), The Sound of Music, The Andromeda Strain, The Haunting (1963), The Day the Earth Stood Still, Blood on the Moon, The Curse of the Cat People, and The Body Snatcher, delivers Helen of Troy. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward but contains fascinating characters and wonderful subplots. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Stanley Baker, Rossana Podesta, BrigitteBardot, and Stanley Baker. "He hates you almost as much as he loves war." My wife and I are huge mythology fans so she DVR'd this picture. The overall film was very good though I thought they could have done more with Achilles, Hector, and Ajax. I always hated Paris in this story and despised that this picture spent so much time focused on him. Nevertheless, this picture was very entertaining and worth following. I recommend giving this picture a shot. "Beware the Greeks bearing gifts." Grade: B+
HELEN OF TROY Excellent as far as 1950s grand-scale extravaganzas go. Directed by Robert Wise. This is a highly entertaining historical drama depicting the events surrounding the Trojan War in 1200 B.C. based on the bard Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. Obviously, a blend of fact and fiction. However, all the well-known characters with their rivalries and personal conflicts are represented in the enormous cast of thousands (i.e. about 30,000), notably Queen Helen of Sparta and her lover Prince Paris of Troy, whose star-crossed affair is reputed to have sparked the open hostilities. Look for appearances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke as King Priam, Harry Andrews as Hector, and Brigitte Bardot as Andraste, Queen Helen’s young handmaiden. Shot on location. Awesome battle scenes re-enacted in all their regal pomp and ostentatious spectacle are truly impressive, including the en masse approach of the combined Greek fleet, the invading army’s massive offensive maneuvers across the Phrygian plain, the storming of the gates (and the defending of the city by the Trojans), individual hand-to-hand combat on foot, in chariots and on the ramparts. Interesting display of ancient weaponry by warriors of both sides in full battle dress and regalia. Not surprising that the production cost reached a staggering $6 million—a big chunk of change in the year 1955 for any feature film. Narration sequences provide background information and move the action along to round out the extended 10-year siege before the city is finally overtaken by the attacking Greek invaders with the help of their legendary Trojan Horse. A neat way to learn about ancient history for general audiences.
Quality original massive story.
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