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Fabiola (1949) Alessandro Blasetti; Michèle Morgan, Henri Vidal, Michel Simon


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In Italian with English subtitles. This is the original Italian cute at approximately 160 minutes. As this is an Italian production, the French actors were dubbed in Italian.

Directed by Alessandro Blasetti. In the fourth century AD, the Roman Empire is crumbling and the growing cult of Christianity is to blame. A young Gaul, Rhual (Henri Vidal), is a Christian, but he must keep this a secret if he is to realize his dream of becoming a gladiator in Rome. One evening, he discovers a beautiful young woman (Michèle Morgan) alone on the seashore. It's love at first sight, but Rhual abandons her to take up his new position as a gladiator to a wealthy merchant, Fabien Sévère (Michel Simon). He doesn't realize that the woman is Fabiola, Fabien's daughter. Shortly after, they meet again, at an evening festival hosted by Fabien. After beating his employer in a friendly fight, Rhual is mocked by Fabiola, although it's clear she's infatuated with him. Soon after making a speech claiming that, on his death, all of his Christian slaves will be set free, Fabien is murdered. His entourage immediately blame his death on the Christians, although suspicion soon turns to Rhual, who fled from Fabien's house just before the body was discovered. The incident fuels the public antagonism towards Christians, and a terrible bloodbath appears increasingly inevitable...

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Excellent transfer September 15, 2017
Reviewer: Donald Hatch from San Anselmo, CA United States  
It's a joy to have this complete version of Fabiola and in
such a fine transfer. I first saw this many years ago in a severely edited and atrociously dubbed version. It didn't seem to make much sense and the characters became
cardboard stereotypes. Now we can see them as nuanced and interesting people in a time of great turmoil.
It is one of the most interesting spectacles of all time and I heartily recommend it.

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FABIOLA February 21, 2016
Reviewer: tom desimone from palm springs, CA United States  
Another long lost gem from the 50's beautifully preserved on Movie Detective's roster. This print was crystal clear, rich black and whites and aside from the tech features, the film itself holds up beautifully. A real find.

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Fabiola January 31, 2016
Reviewer: Carol Sandström from Skärholmen, Stockholm Sweden  
This should be regarded as a great classic. This is the uncut original version. Those responsible for the shorter american version should be ashamed.
Great print. M D rules!

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Fabiola (1949) September 14, 2015
Reviewer: Lawrence Jones from Wickenburg, AZ United States  
Excellent 1949 film....Didn't mind the English subtitles.  Had to follow progress of movie very closely.

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Restored November 27, 2014
Reviewer: Harvey Clark Greisman from Wilmington, DE United States  
This is one of the films included in Martin Scorcese's, "My Voyage to Italy." It's a complete, restored version that bears little resemblance to the truncated thing he would have seen in New York back in the 'fifties. At maybe 2 1/2 hours, it runs twice as long as the initial US release.


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