By the Gods!

Susy Andersen and Tina Louise, as Sappho, in a publicity photo for SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS (aka The Warrior Empress)

A pre-GILLIAN'S ISLAND Tina Louise in a adventure 'inspired' by the famous Greek poetess? I'm in! This one of my favourite movies, directed by Pietro Francisci, who knew how to make a PEPLUM film. Susy Andersen is also good as Sappho's dear friend. Her name is Actis in this (which usually is a man's name). This seldom seen film has almost everything in it. It's like PEPLUM buffet. The US title, THE WARRIOR EMPRESS, doesn't make any sense at all since there's no warrior empress in it. One of a series of films Francisci made that were financed, in part, by Hollywood studios after the success of HERCULES.

I'm taking some time off. Back soon.

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