Sword And Sandal Double Feature: Giants Of Thessaly / Sins Of Rome
The first film, Giants Of Thessaly is a sword-and-sandal fantasy which predated Columbia Pictures' Jason And The Argonauts by a couple of years. Jason and Orpheus leave Thessaly on a quest for the magical Golden Fleece. While on their heroic adventures, they encounter an assortment of monsters, wizards and a conniving witch! The second film, Sins Of Rome, is a sword-and-sandal adventure which is a retell of the 1st Century B.C. slave revolt which shook the Roman Empire to its core. The hero behind the rebellion is a Thracian slave, Spartacus (Massimo Girotti), who handles the role quite impressively. To enhance the story's romantic appeal, the scriptwriters have bestowed Spartacus two leading ladies: Sabina (Gianna Marian Canale), the sensuous daughter of a Roman aristocrat, and Sabina's personal slave, Amitys (played by ballerina Ludmilla Tcherina). But beyond the romantic plot twists there is an abundance of gladiatorial combat and exciting battle scenes.