Messalina (1951 film)

Messalina or The Affairs of Messalina is a 1951 historical drama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring María Félix, Georges Marchal and Memo Benassi.[1] It was a co-production between France, Italy and Spain. It was shot at the Cinecittà studios in Rome with sets designed by Gastone Medin and Vittorio Nino Novarese. It was part of a growing trend of epic historical films of 1950s. In 1954 a dubbed English version was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures.

A promotional picture for the film featuring María Félix.
Directed byCarmine Gallone
Produced byCarmine Gallone
Cesáreo González
Written byCarmine Gallone
Vittorio Nino Novarese
Albert Valentin
Pierre Laroche
Cesare Ludovici
StarringMaría Félix
Georges Marchal
Memo Benassi
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byNiccolò Lazzari
Produzione Gallone
Suevia Films
Distributed byCEI Incom
Columbia Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 4 December 1951 (1951-12-04)
  • November 1954 (1954-11) (US)
Running time
102 minutes

The film portrays the story of the Messalina, the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius.

Main cast


  1. Winkler p.232-33


  • Winkler, Martin N. Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollo's New Light. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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