One of the most convincing and exciting sword and sandal films from the golden age of the genre
A renewal of popular cinema that helped pave the way for the Italian western
Like in his next film, Il figlio di Spartacus, Sergio Corbucci ventures into the world of the sword and sandal genre, taking advantage of the popularity and physique of Steve Reeves, who has recently inflamed audiences in the role of Hercules. Thanks to expertly crafted scenography and ingenious staging, Romulus and Remus becomes one of the most convincing and exciting films of the period. What is particularly surprising is the debt the film owes to the classic American western, and how it went on to influence Italian cinema in more ways than one. Indeed, Chris Fujiwara, one of the genre’s foremost critics, does not hesitate in praising its modernity in the panorama of popular cinema, which helped to pave the way for the Italian westerns that soon start being produced.
Romulus and Remus, sons of Rhea Silva, are saved from the River Tiber and wet-nursed by a wolf. When they grow up they found a village, but Remus breaches the confines and is killed by his brother. Romulus becomes the king of Rome, and victoriously leads his people against the Sabines.