Solomon and Sheba

Starring: Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida
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Certificate: PG
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A clash between King Solomon and his brother is further complicated when the Queen of Sheba seduces Solomon in an attempt to bring about Israel's downfall...

Yul Brynner plays the mighty King Solomon defending the kingdom of Israel from his jealous brother the Egyptian Pharaoh Adonijah. The seductive Queen of Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) also conspires against Solomon, aiming to bring down his throne despite falling in love with him in this classic tale of ambition, greed and passion.

In this biblical epic, director King Vidor cinematically explores the evils of the flesh and pagan worship. Shot in Spain, the picture chronicles the exploits of its larger-than-life characters. Brynner is a strong and idealistic Solomon and the sensual Lollobrigida, in exotic costumes, is magnificent. The pagan orgy is another highlight of this epic film, surpassed only by the wrath of God destroying Israel's temple and the battle sequences.

Sadly, MGM have not really made much of an effort to clean up the film print for its transference to DVD. While it's not overly bad, it could have been a lot better. This, coupled with the fact that there are no real extras, means that this release will be a bit of a disappointment to movie buffs.

Great film, it's just a shame more was not made of this release.

Amber Leigh

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