“There’s part of me that’s always homesick for the unknown.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… and gorgeous Italian actress Mangano effectively toggles between two key roles (Penelope and Circe), easily convincing us she’s different women yet eerily similar in Ulysses’s mind.
Ulysses’s ongoing state of amnesiac confusion is nicely handled through the use of flashbacks; we understand that his entire journey back from the Trojan war has been somewhat of a blur, punctuated by moments of drama. (Those unfamiliar with the story may feel, appropriately so, like things are bouncing around a lot.) Scenes of note include Ulysses and his men outwitting the cyclops Polyphemus:
… Ulysses foolishly asking to be tied to the mast of his ship in order to hear the song of the sirens:
… Circe turning Ulysses’s men into swine:
… and Ulysses’s stealthy return home in the guise of a beggar:
The sets and cinematography (some by Mario Bava) are fine throughout. Fans of classic adaptations will likely want to check this one out.
Note: Quinn’s role as Antinoos is minor and doesn’t have much impact:
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