Helen of Troy

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Director:
Robert Wise
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1956
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Helen of Troy is an epic drama directed by Robert Wise, first seen in 1956. Helen, the Queen of Sparta, is one of the most beautiful women alive. When Paris, Prince of Troy, is shipwrecked on Sparta's beach after a violent storm, he only has to take one look at Helen to fall madly in love with her. But her brutish husband, King Menelaus, and the leaders of other Greek city states are looking for any excuse for war against the prosperous Trojans. Menelaus, guided by Odysseus, Agamemnon and Achilles, lays siege to Troy after the lovers elope to it - a conflict which lasts twenty years.

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      • Both the leading actors in this film were dubbed by others because of their poor and heavily-accented English. Jacques Sernas was also billed as "Jack Sernas" on American prints of the film (the ones now seen universally on TV and the basis of the DVD version). Brgitte Bardot, who had not yet achieved fame (which followed within a few months of her work on this film) was also dubbed with an English accent.

      • Parts of the film were directed by an uncredited Raoul Walsh.

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      • Although this film is based on one of the most celebrated stories in Greek mythology, and all other characters retain their Greek names, the important character of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, is consistently referred to by the Roman version of his name, "Ulysses".

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    Love & Romance, Historical, Classics