Rome, Italy: Produzione Gallone / Filmsonor, 1951. Original souvenir program, printed in Italy, for the 1951 Italian-French-Spanish film. These programs saw popularity beginning in the 1960s and continued to be produced until the early 1980s and the ever-growing VHS market, with a particularly high distribution in Asian countries. This example features several full-color illustrations of Roman warriors and women, and black-and-white films stills and on-the-set images.
Based on the powerful and influential (not to mention promiscuous) wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, who conspired to kill him and was executed as a result. The classic adulterous figure has been portrayed in film since the Silent era, and actress Felix, a prolific and popular Mexican celebrity, marked the third appearance of Messalina on screen. A healthy credit for director Carmine, whose 100-plus films leave a considerable impression in early Italian cinema.
9.25 x 12 inches, saddle-stitched color illustrated wrappers, 12 leaves. Very Good plus, with foxing and light curling.