The Mighty Crusaders (film)

The Mighty Crusaders (Italian: Gerusalemme liberata, lit. 'Jerusalem Set Free') is a 1958 film about the First Crusade (1096–1099), based on the 16th-century Italian poem Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso.

The Mighty Crusaders
Directed byCarlo Ludovico Bragaglia
Produced byOttavio Poggi[1]
Screenplay bySandro Continenza[1]
Music byRoberto Nicolosi[1]
CinematographyRodolfo Lombardi[1]
Edited byRenato Cinquini[1]
MAX Film[1]
Release date
  • January 1961 (1961-01) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes[1]

This film was directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia. The Italian version was written by Sandro Continenza and the English translation was written by Annalena Limentani and Frederica Nutter.


The film is based on the poem by Torquato Tasso, and is set in the time of the Crusades in Jerusalem. The commander Godfrey of Bouillon, Christian blessed by the pope, is attacking the Holy City for years, with no victory. In fact, his work is to free the Holy Sepulchre of Christ from the hands of the Muslim infidels. The best soldier of Godfrey's troop is Tancredi, who during a battle, confronts a Muslim soldier. While this soldier is very strong, Tancredi discovers that "he" is a young woman, named Clorinda. The two fall in love while the war rages; but unfortunately their love does not last long; the witch Armida, with his faithful Muslims, creates a spell that affects Tancredi and Clorinda, who resume to fight in the war against each other.



The Might Crusaders was released in United States in January 1961.[1]

See also




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

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