Thursday, August 16, 2018

By the Gods!

Helen of Troy (Hedy Lamar) mourns the death of Paris (Massimo Serato) in THE LOVES OF THREE QUEENS (1954)

A difficult film to get a hold of. I have two copies of this: one in black & white and the a murky, fuzzy one in color. The color one is much better than the B&W copy but it's still poor quality. It was produced by Hedy herself (A Hedy Lamarr production) along with Victor Phalen. It's an anthology of sorts with Hedy playing different 'queens' set in different periods. It seems the rights to this film is still controlled by the daughter of producer Victor Phalen but I believe it's in the public domain in the US: it seems Warner Brothers bought the rights for the US distribution with the intent of never releasing it since they were making HELEN OF TROY (1956) and wanted this film out of circulation. The original title, L'AMANTE DI PARIDE, translates as THE LOVER OF PARIS.


Scott Ochiltree said...

I love Hedy Lamarr, but this film is not really very successful in my view.

Anonymous said...

I never seen this movie

Henry Plantagenet said...

It gets more complicated - there is a version TWO queens, with Troy removed. And there is an Italian version with ONLY the Trojan story (extended) inside a completely different frame structure (told at a wedding banquet).