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» An unknown early movie by Sergio Leone: interview with Elena Kleus about Frine cortigiana d’Oriente (1953) Questions by Eleonora Cavallini

Q.: Mrs Kleus, your real name (Virginia Petemezakis) reveals your Greek origin. Were you born in Greece? And when and why did you move to Italy?

A.: Yes, I was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1932. When I was 7, we moved to Thessaloniki and then, at the end of the World War II, when I was 13, we moved back to Piraeus. <continue reading>

» Leaves of Homeric Storytelling: Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy and Franco Rossi’s Odissea* by
Martin M. Winkler
(George Mason University, U.S.A.)

In the introduction to his anthology Homer in English, George Steiner observes: “I believe our Iliad to be the product of an editorial recension of genius <continue reading>

A proposito di Troy

» Phryne in Modern Art, Cinema and Cartoon by Eleonora Cavallini

The biographical data antiquity has bequeathed to us about Phryne, the 4th century b.C. Greek courtesan, is so romanced (and romanticized) as to make things very difficult for modern scholars who try to separate reality from fiction with a degree of accuracy. <continue reading>

A proposito di Troy


» The Chalybes from Scythia to Britannia: Interview with Valerio Massimo Manfredi on the novel/movie The Last Legion
by Eleonora Cavallini (September 16, 2007)

I phoned Valerio Massimo Manfredi at 3 p.m. of Sunday, September 16, 2007, to ask him some questions about the film adaptation (directed by Doug Lefler, 2007) of his novel The Last Legion (2002). <continue reading>



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