Odissea (1968)

Italy, 1968
1 series, 8 episodes, 4:3
mono, Italian

An Italian fantasy television mini-series directed by Franco Rossi, Mario Bava and Piero Schivazappa. A re-edited version running 105 minutes and retitled Le avventura di Ulisse was released theatrically in Italy on 13 August 1969.

Premise

The story of Ulysses and his mythical odyssey.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Franco Rossi, Mario Bava, Piero Schivazappa
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica (Rome), RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana (Roma), Jadran Film (Zagreb), ORTF (Paris), Bavaria Film TV (Munich)
Produced by: Vittoria Bonicelli
Production Manager: Giorgio Morra
Teleplay: Giampiero Bona, Fabio Carpi, Luciano Codignola, Mario Prosperi, Franco Rossi, Renzo Russo
Based on the work of Homer
Assistant Directors: Nello Vanin, Lamberto Bava
Continuity: Flavia Vanin
Director of Photography: Aldo Giordani
Additional Photography: Mario Bava *
Camera Assistant: Sergio Bergamini
Chief Machinist: Franco Solitario
Chief Electrician: Duzo Zecchi
Editor: Giorgio Serrolonga with Olga Petrini
Editorial Assistants: Franco Lettri, Mauro Bonanni, Armando Pace, Giancarlo Morelli, Massimo Cingalani
Music by: Carlo Rustichelli
Conducted by: Bruno Nicolai
Music Published by: “Dino”
Sound Engineer: Vittorio Trentino
Wardrobe: L. Contini
Make-up Assistants: Gianni Amadei, Luciano Giustini
Hairdresser: Anna Gora Ziosi
Special Effects: Organo Thomas, Mario Bava *
Special Mechanical Effects: Carlo Rambaldi *
Production Design: Luciano Ricceri
Set Decorator: Mario Altieri
Production Assistants: Eros Lanfranconi, Vittorio Serafini
Filmed at Dinocittà and on location in Rome and Yugoslavia

Cast
Bekim Fehmiu (Ulisse)
Irene Papas (Penelope)
Renaud Verley (Telemaco)
Ivica Pajer (Euriloco)
Sime Jagarinac (Eraclio)
Constantin Nepo (Antinoo)
Nona Medici (Iphthime)
Jaspar von Oertzen (Nestor)
Barbara Gregorini [real name: Barbara Bach] (Nausicaa)
Roy Purcell (Alcinoo)
Marina Berti (Arete)
Kyra Bester (Calypso)
Michèle Breton (Atena)
Juliette Mayniel (Circe)
Fausto Tozzi (Menelao)
Scilla Gabel (Elena)
Mimmo Palmara (Achille)
Samson Burke (Polifemo)
Luciano Rossi (Teoclimeno)
Maurizio Tocchi (Leocrito)
Giulio Tomei (Priamo)
Marcella Valeri (Euryclia)
Otto Alberti [real name: Karl-Otto Alberty] (Eurimaco)
Rolf Boysen (Agamennone)
Petar Buntic (Filetore)
Husein Cokic (Eumeo)
Giulio Donnini (Tiresia)
Bianca Maria Doria (Anticlea)
Hrvoje Svob (Femio)
Sergio Ferrero (Peisistratos)
Enzo Fiermonte (Demodoco)
Stefanella Giovannini (Cassandra)
Vojislav Govedarica (Philoctetes)
Gérard Herter (Laocoonte)
Peter Hinwood (Hermes)
Ilija Ivezic (Ctesippo)
Branko Kovacic (Laertes)
Vladimir Leib (Eolo)
Corrado Monteforte (Anfinomo)
Ada Morotti (Cyane)
Duje Novakovic (Elpenore)
Laura Nucci (Antinous’ mother)
Silvana Spada (la ciurma)
Gianluigi Crescenzi (il proci)
Franco Balducci (Mentore)
Franco Fantasia
Orso Maria Guerrini
Franco Indovina
Tiberio Mitri
Giancarlo Prato
Miodrag Loncar (Irus/Amaeus)

Alternative Titles

The Adventure of Ulysses – US theatrical version title
Avanturama Odiseja – Yugoslavian title
Las aventuras de Ulises – Spanish theatrical version title
Le avventura di Ulisse – Italian theatrical version title
L’Odysée – French title
Die Odyssee – West German title

References

Books
The Haunted World of Mario Bava by Troy Howarth pp.299-300; 345-346 – illustrated review; credits
Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas pp.762-775 – illustrated review, synopsis, production notes, credits