"The Iron Crown"
Directed by Alessandro Blasetti
A rare work from
Mussolini's Italy; critic Mira Liehm writes, "The center of Blasetti's work lay in
the mythological films and films with an openly pro-fascist tendency. In the years
1938-1941 he shot a generally overvalued costume tetralogy, which represents a transition
between his fascist films and his work after 1942. The most important of this
is The Iron Crown, a pseudo-historical fantasy based on a naive
which tried to create a kind of Italian saga in the style of Die
Blasetti, the true eclectic, mixed in everything he could think
of, including Ariosto and the Grimm Brothers, while his directing drew heavily on early
Fritz Lang." Italian with English subtitles.