Le fatiche di Ercole (film di Piero Francisci del 1958)

LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE è un film del 1958 diretto da Piero Francisci.

Ercole viene chiamato dal re di Iolco, Pelia, per fungere da tutore del figlio del sovrano, Ifito. Ma, giunto a destinazione, viene folgorato dalla figlia dello stesso, Iole, e tra i due è attrazione all’istante. Il Re nasconde un funereo segreto: fece uccidere il fratello per impossessarsi del suo trono, permettendo il furto del sacro velo d’oro. Nel frattempo Ercole addestra fisicamente Ifito che, disgraziatamente, viene ucciso da un leone che miete vittime a iosa, così Pelia, iracondo con il muscoloso greco, lo bandisce con l’obbligo di uccidere un’efferata belva, il cretese. Ercole sconfigge il feroce nemico ma perde l’amico Chirone che prima di spirare gli rivela che il legittimo erede al trono è Giasone e di sapere dove sia il velo d’oro. Così i due si recano dal Re, il quale chiede a Giasone di portargli il sacro velo per credere in lui: inizia un viaggio non privo di insidie nel quale Ercole, Giasone e gli altri valorosi eroi al loro seguito scinfiggono i nemici di Colchide impssessandosi del velo prezioso macchiato del sangue del padre di Gesone. Rientrati a corte, Ercole è fatto prigioniero ma l’amata Iole lo libera, così l’uomo si getta nella mischia dell’ultima decisiva battaglia, dove sfoggia una forza sovrumana facendo franare le facciate del palazzo sui suoi avversari, così Pelia decide di avvelenarsi confessando la sua colpevolezza a Iole e Giasone e augurando una lunga e felice unione tra la figlia ed Ercole.

Una pellicola epica/storica, con grandi influenze d’avventura, un successo enorme a suo tempo non solo in patria ma anche negli Stati Uniti. Da notare che Mario Bava, futuro regista, curò la fotografia e gli effetti speciali.

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