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(885) SAPPHO VENUS OF LESBOS (1960) Tina Louise rarity!
(885) SAPPHO VENUS OF LESBOS (1960) Tina Louise rarity!

Before Getting Shipwrecked on Gilligan's Island,
She Really Was a 'Movie Star'...

Tina Louise in Pietro Francisci's Mega-Rare Italian Peplum!


Original Italian title:
SAFFO VENERE DI LESBO [Sappho Venus of Lesbos]
also known as WARRIOR EMPRESS (edited version)

director: Pietro Francisci
starring Kerwin Mathews · Tina Louise · Riccardo Garrone · Enrico Maria Salerno · Strelsa Brown · Susy Golgi


After her award winning performance in God's Little Acre (1958), Tina Louise became disappointed with her Hollywood options of B-Movies and television guest positions. She accepted a contract with Cinecittà Studios in Rome and went to Europe for a series of films before returning the the States in time for her Ginger Grant role on Gilligan's Island (1964-68). Despite the alluring title, there's no girl-on-girl action here (although one of Sappho's friends Actis has a crush on her). Rather, here is a female-only island where the women dance, recite poetry, have chariot races and are hopeless infatuated with the concept of the opposite sex. Tina's character Sappho is smitten with a wounded man named Phaon who stumbles into their castle after a bloody battle. However, the relationship is complicated because Sappho is promised to another man, Captain Hyperbius, the enemy of Phaon.

Director Pietro Francisci is the founder of the massive Peplum film movement. His movie HERCULES was a huge international hit, responsible for another 300+ sword-n-sandal films to be lensed between 1958-1965.  After a steady diet of peplums, he made the female space alien MISSIONE HYDRA 2+5 in 1967 with a cast comprised almost exclusively of popular peplum actors. That would also be one of his final films as Mr Francisci died 1977 (at age 70) after retiring from the business.



An Italian film in English language; fullscreen format, uncut version (97 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGIONS NTSC; extras include selected theatrical trailers.


Sale Price: $19.50
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