Caesar The Conqueror / Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie (1962)

2.5 out of 5

An average Italian Peplum epic, which tries hard to be historically accurate. Nevertheless it fails due to budget restraints and the seemingly inevitability of film directors while shooting battle sequences to avoid mad head on charging clashes with the result that men are seen running about doing little to nothing, and horses galloping everywhere without any real sense of military tactical sense or battle formations.

Caesar, was after-all, a military genius. Often his battles were won after years of political manoeuvers, well drawn out battle plans, strict military precision and innovation and a fair deal of ruthless gambling with his own life as well as the lives of others. This film hardly shows any of this. Instead it is merely an average attempt for an Italian Sword and Sandal would-be epic/actioner.

Still, it is an ok film and worth a look for lovers of historical films of this kind. Cameron Mitchell plays Caesar.

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