The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

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Leone served his apprenticeship in film by assisting various Italian directors as well as Walsh, Wyler and Melvyn Le Roy… By the late ’50s he was writing scripts for gladiatorial epics, the genre in which he first gained directing experience, and took over “The Last Days of Pompeii” when the director Mario Bonnard fell ill before directing alone “The Colossus of Rhodes.” Not until 1964, however, did he establish himself as a true original with his first film in what would come to be known as the Man With No Name trilogy…

“The Colossus of Rhodes” begins in the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea 280 B.C.

Rhodes is celebrating a proud day in her history… A magnificent statue will now dominate the seas… But the Colossus was erected in blood and the people in Rhodes do not want slavery… The chief of the rebels, Peliocles (Georges Marchal) needs a man like that visitor Dario (Rory Calhoun), who’s a great warrior in Greece…

Thar (Conrado San Martín)—who is in love with Diala (Lia Massari)—is no longer content with the power Serse (Roberto Camardiel) stupidly bestowed upon him… He wants this beautiful island to sell to Phoenicia, than he’ll be the reigning monarch… Of course the rebels don’t have enough men to attack them openly…

There’s only one plan, to enter the Colossus… But the Colossus is impregnable…How could they hope to get in? Rhodes’ best soldiers are imprisoned underground… A heavy gate seals the only exit… This gate can only be opened by a control in the Colossus…

If you want to see how the Colossus is a huge trap don’t miss this Sergio Leone’s directorial debut…