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Genre Mythology, Adventure
Written by based on
Homer's epic poem
Directed by Franco Rossi
Starring Bekim Fehmiu
Irene Papas
Renaud Verley
Roy Purcell
Marina Berti
Scilla Gabel
Barbara Bach
Juliette Mayniel
Kyra Bester
Michele Breton
Marcella Valeri
Constantin Nepo
Ivica Pajer
Samson Burke
Fausto Tozzi
Country of origin
No. of episodes 4-8
Executive producer(s) Vittorio Bonicelli
Producer(s) Dino de Laurentiis
Location(s) Italy
Running time 446 min.

L'Odissea was an Italian TV miniseries broadcast on RAI (Italian state TV) in 1968 and based on Homer's Odyssey. An Italian, Yugoslavian, German and French (Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française) coproduction, it was directed by Franco Rossi, Piero Schivazappa and Mario Bava; cast included Bekim Fehmiu as Ulysses and Irene Papas as Penelope.

Each episode was preceded by an introduction in which Nobel prize-winner poet Giuseppe Ungaretti read some verses of the original poem. The adaptation was quite faithful, apart the absence of the passage of the strait of Messina and the encounter with Scylla and Charybdis.

Special effects were designed by Mario Bava (who, in particular, directed the episode of Polyphemus) and Carlo Rambaldi.


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