Helen of Troy
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Arrows rain death. Courageous soldiers clamber up stone walls Swords clang, men shout, fires rage. Yet the waves of combatants storming Troy are turned back. To defeat the undefeatable ultimately requires brains as much as brawn. So the Greeks, feigning withdrawal, offer a gift of treachery: a mammoth wooden horse that secretly houses their fighting men.
Homer's Iliad surges to the screen in Helen of Troy, from the '50s heyday of big-screen spectaculars. Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music) directs this lavish epic capturing some 30,000 people on people on screen at a then-huge cost of $6 million. Among the 30,000: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Brigitte Bardot before her sex symbol renown and, as the lovers whose romance inflamed the world, Rossana Podesta (Sodom and Gomorrah) and Jack Sernas (La Dolce Vita). Before the film, three Behind the Cameras segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV series detail aspects of its production.
141 Mins, Rated R