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Constantine and the Cross

Constantine and the Cross (AKA: Costantino il grande) is a 1961 historical drama film about the early career of the emperor Constantine, who first legalized and then adopted Christianity in the early 4th century. In 303 AD, Constantine became the first emperor of Gaul. Before a battle with the Romans, he has a revelation, and assures his army of the freedom of worship for all Christians. Directed by Lionello De Felice Produced by Mino Loy and Luciano Martino Written by Lionello De Felice and Michael Audley (English dialogue) Starring Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato Music by Mario Nascimbene Cinematography Massimo Dallamano Distributed by Embassy Pictures (USA) Release date: 1961 Running time: Approximately 120 min

Martin Luther

Martin Luther is a 1953 American–West German film biography of Martin Luther. The National Board of Review named the film the fourth best of 1953. It was nominated for two Oscars, for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Joseph C. Brun) and Art Direction/Set Decoration (Black-and-White) (Fritz Maurischat, Paul Markwitz). The music was composed by Mark Lothar and performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. It was filmed in studios in Wiesbaden, West Germany. Directed by Irving Pichel Produced by Lothar Wolff Written by Allan Sloane and Lothar Wolff Starring Niall MacGinnis Music by Mark Lothar Cinematography Joseph C. Brun Edited by Fritz Stapenhorst Distributed by De Rochemont/Lutheran Productions Release date: May 4, 1953 (Milwaukee) and March 4, 1954 (West Germany) Running time: 105 min Country: United States/West Germany Language: English

Esther and the King

The film is set in Persia in the 5th century BC. After the King’s wife is murdered, Esther (a Jewish woman) comes to the attention of the recently widowed King Ahasuerus. The king has been trying to stifle and defeat the campaign of hatred against the Jews by his evil minister Haman (Sergio Fantoni). Before the King can pair off with Esther and defeat the villainous Haman, there are several intervening adventures and an additional, attractive woman who competes for attention.