THE TROJAN HORSE (1961)
La guerra di Troia (original title)
1961 Italy | France | Yugoslavia
Direction: Giorgio Ferroni
Writers: Giorgio Ferroni, Ugo Liberatore | 2 more credits »
Stars: Steve Reeves, Juliette Mayniel, John Drew Barrymore
The city of Troy has been under seige for 9 years by Greek forces, seeking to avenge the kidnapping of Helen by Trojan prince Paris. Hector has just been slain by Achilles. In the city, the bold warrior Aeneas (Steve Reeves) is highly respected by the Trojan forces and the people, and thus hated by Paris, a divide that threatens to tear the city apart. The Trojan King insists on travelling to the Greek camp to pay his respects to his dead son, Aeneas defies orders and accompanies him, earning the respect of the Greeks. While Aeneas is dispatched to Troy’s allies to seek re-enforcements, Paris makes a truce deal with the Greeks and provides them with a large supply of wood as part of the bargaining…
Based on the classic legends surrounding Troy, the film is set in the final year of the battle beginning just after the death of Hector and keeps pretty closely to the documented legends. In keeping with the Historical Epic theme of the film, the script avoids any mention of Gods and Mythical Heros (except in character’s dialogue of course), presenting the story as straight forward historical fact. Interestingly, compared to other adaptations of the tale, the focus here is almost entirely on the Trojans, with the usually minor character of Aeneas brought into the forefront as the hero, almost certainly because he is one of the only Trojan characters to survive the film (and Steve Reeves could never die in a Peplum).