The Giants of Thessaly

The Giants of Thessaly (Italian: I giganti della Tessaglia (Gli Argonauti), French: Le Géant de Thessalie) is a 1960 Italian-French adventure-fantasy film directed by Riccardo Freda. It is loosely based on the epic poem Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius.[3]

The Giants of Thessaly
Directed byRiccardo Freda
Produced byVirgilio De Blasi[1]
Screenplay by
Music byCarlo Rustichelli[2]
Edited byOtello Colangeli[1]
  • Alexandra Produzioni Cinematografiche
  • Lyres Societé Cinématographique[1]
Distributed byFilmar
Release date
  • 6 December 1960 (1960-12-06) (Italy)
Running time
87 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • France[2]
Box office₤408 million




The Giants of Thessaly was released in Italy on 6 December 1960 where it was distributed by Filmar.[1] It grossed a total of 408 million Italian lire domestically.[1]


In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin noted that the script "owes very little to the legend, instead stringing together a series of action highlights, settings and characters which, if anything, have even less consistency than the strip-cartoon formula to which they owe their inspiration."[4] The review noted that the "scaling of the colossal statue is moderately spectacular, too. The rest, including the filtered colour, is sub-Bava, let down by indifferent acting, irrelevance (what on earth is Orpheus doing in the film?) unimpressive trick-work (the island monster) and abysmal dubbing."[4]



  1. Curti 2017, p. 316.
  2. Curti 2017, p. 315.
  3. Roberto Poppi, Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 2007. ISBN 8884405033.
  4. "Giants of Thessaly, The "(I Giganti della Tessaglia)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 30 no. 348. British Film Institute. 1963. p. 146. ISSN 0027-0407.


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476628386.

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