The Dragon Ring

Desideria e l'Anello del Drago (also known as Desideria and The Dragon Ring) is an Italian fantasy mini-series directed by Lamberto Bava and starring Anna Falchi. The story is similar in style and direction as Lamberto Bava's more successful Fantaghirò series.

The Dragon Ring
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Written byGianni Romoli
Directed byLamberto Bava
StarringAnna Falchi
Franco Nero
Music byAmedeo Minghi
Country of originItaly
Original language(s)Italian
Producer(s)Lamberto Bava
Andrea Piazzesi
CinematographyRomano Albani
Editor(s)Piero Bozza
Running time186 minutes
Original release
  • 1994 (1994)


Desideria is the eldest daughter of the Dragon King and Queen, rulers of a powerful conquering kingdom. Selvaggia is the magical adopted daughter of the Dragon King and Queen, and although she is constantly playing tricks to get her elder sister in trouble, she is frequently praised as being the smarter and better daughter.

As the eldest birth daughter of the Dragon King, Desideria is due to inherit the Dragon Ring, the highest symbol of power in the kingdom, but she can only do so once she has chosen a husband. Unfortunately, the prince that finally catches her attention is Prince Victor, a rebel prince who has fought against her father and is to be sentenced to death for his treachery.

Desideria helps Victor escape from the castle prisons, but her father catches her in the act and she is punished. The Dragon King decides to let all the princes in his conquered kingdoms fight in a tournament for her hand in marriage, but when Desideria sees that all the princes are selfish, cruel men, she runs away. When the Dragon King discovers that she has fled, he declares that Desideria has forfeited her right to the throne and Selvaggia will become the new prize. But unknown to him, the jealous Selvaggia wants to beat her elder sister completely.

Desideria eventually ends up in the desert, where she is saved from the Witches of the Sand by none other than Prince Victor himself. She learns from him and other rebels in his camp that her beloved father is actually a cruel and vicious ruler. Just as she agrees to fight at Victor's side, Selvaggia casts a spell from the castle, causing Victor to fall in love with her and rush to join the tournament to win Selvaggia's hand.


Anna FalchiDesideria
Franco NeroDragon King
Sophie von KesselPrincess Selvaggia ("Wild" in English-dubbed version)
Joel BeesonPrince Victor
Billie ZöcklerNurse
Ute ChristensenDragon Queen
Karel RodenPrince Lisandro
Stefania SandrelliThe Fairy of Crystal Sword Lake
Marek VasutKing Karl
Oldrich BartikOld Man
Nikol ŠtíbrováPrincess Desideria at age 5
Zuzana RybárováPrincess Desideria at age 10
Katarina LitomerickaPrincess Selvaggia at age 8
Jan KolinskyPrince Victor at age 6
Vladimir "Furdo" FurdikPrince Sigismondo
Stanislav SatkoPrince Merlik
Lubomir MisakPrince Parsel

Similarity to the Fantaghirò movies

The film has a few similarities with Lamberto Bava's more successful Fantaghirò movies, besides filming style and special effects. In this film Victor falls in love with Desideria without ever seeing her face, and he can only recognise her by her voice. In Fantaghirò, Prince Romualdo falls in love with Fantaghirò without properly seeing her face, and he can only recognise her by her eyes. Another similarity is that the wicked Selvaggia casts a spell to make Victor fall in love with her, so to hurt Desideria. In Fantaghirò the wicked Black Witch casts a spell to make Romualdo fall in love with her, so to hurt Fantaghirò. One more similarity is that both Desideria and Fantaghirò dress up as men so that they can fight in a tournament without anyone knowing that they are women.


The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, and currently has a 68% score at Rotten Tomatoes from the general audience and a 6,6 ou of 10 on IMDb.

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