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ESTHER AND THE KING

by Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava

synopsis

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty (1981), Dame Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting is Persia in the fourth century B.C., as Esther comes to the attention of the recently widowed King Ahasuerus. The King has been trying to stifle and defeat the campaign of hatred fomented against the Jews by his evil minister Haman (Sergio Fantoni). Before the King can pair off with Esther and defeat the villainous Haman, there are several intervening adventures and an additional, attractive woman who competes for attention.

original title: Esther and the King
working title: The Story of Esther
country: Italy, United States
year: 1960
genre: fiction
directed by: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava
film run: 109'
release date: UK 05/01/1961, FI 17/02/1961, IT 17/02/1961, DE 03/03/1961, SE 04/04/1961, FR 14/07/1961, ES 02/04/1962
cast: Joan Collins, Sergio Fantoni, Rik Battaglia, Renato Baldini, Gabriele Tinti, Rosalba Neri, Walter Williams, Folco Lulli
cinematography by: Mario Bava
art director: Giorgio Giovannini
music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Roberto Nicolosi

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