Actor profile: Elena Zareschi

Continuing with profiling relatively unknown supporting actors of Italian/Euro PEPLUM films. Today it's Elena Zareschi who was, for the most part, mainly a supporting actress in said genre films with one exception: she was the main star in RITA DA CASCIA. I don't have a photo from that film only the poster. In her subsequent film roles she often appeared briefly in an important role with some pivotal information. She was born in Argentina by Italian parents. She had a stellar career on stage and also was in several made-for-tv films and productions including MACBETH. My favourite role is in SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS. The scene lasts just a minute but her commanding presence really stands out.

Elena had the lead role in RITA DA CASCIA (1943)

Elena is perfectly cast as Cassandra in ULYSSES (1954)

In HEROD THE GREAT (1959)

THE COSSACKS (1960)

Elena played The Sybil in SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS (1960). Brief but great scene.

Elena played Queen Pasifae in THE MINOTAUR (1960). She divulges a secret as she's dying which sets the story into motion.

She played a Princess in WITH FIRE AND SWORD (1962)


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