The Loves of Salammbo

The Loves of Salammbo (Italian: Salambò, French: Salammbô) is a 1960 historical drama directed by Sergio Grieco. It is loosely based on the novel Salammbô by Gustave Flaubert.[2][3][1]

The Loves of Salammbo
Directed bySergio Grieco
Produced byLuigi Nannerini[1]
Screenplay by
Based onSalammbo
by Gustave Flaubert
CinematographyPiero Portalupi[1]
  • Stella Film
  • Fides Films[1]
Release date
  • 16 September 1960 (1960-09-16) (Italy)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • France[1]



When Salammbò was first released in Italy in 1960 the Committee for Theatrical Review of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities reviewed the film. They decided that in order for the film to be screened publicly, the Committee recommended the removal of the scene in which Mathos, lying in bed, sensuously kisses Salammbò on her neck and her chest repeatedly. The reason for the restriction, cited in the official documents, is that the scene is considered to be offensive to decency and morality. The official document number is: N° 31319, it was signed on 30 Mar 1960 by Minister Umberto Tupini.


The Loves of Salammbo was released in Italy on 16 September 1960 with a 110-minute running time.[1] It was released in the United States in October 1962 with a 72-minute running time.[1]



  1. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 110.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932.
  3. Michele Giordano. Giganti buoni. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877421835.


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.

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