Seven Seas to Calais


1h 42m 1963
Seven Seas to Calais

Brief Synopsis

Sir Francis Drake fights to take over Spain's treasure routes for Queen Elizabeth I.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il dominatore dei sette mari
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Historical
Biography
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 6 Mar 1963
Production Company
Adelphia Compagnia Cinematografica
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1577, England's supremacy on the high seas keeps her from falling under Spanish domination. Though Queen Elizabeth outwardly disapproves of Francis Drake and his band of pirates, she secretly finances his raids against the treasure ships of Spain. After pillaging the gold mines of the Incas and looting Spanish vessels off Panama, Drake lands in California and names the country New Albion. When he makes a triumphant return to England, Elizabeth knights him. Aided by his faithful friend, Malcolm, and Sir Francis Walsingham, Drake thwarts a Spanish plot to murder the queen and replace her with Mary of Scotland. Enraged, King Philip of Spain gives the order for his mighty armada to attack England. But during a storm, Drake turns the tables, and the tattered remnants of the Spanish fleet are forced to retreat. With England safe from invasion, Drake sails off to new adventures.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Il dominatore dei sette mari
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Historical
Biography
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 6 Mar 1963
Production Company
Adelphia Compagnia Cinematografica
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Seven Seas to Calais -


The final film of Polish-born director Rudolph Maté (a seasoned war horse who got his start as cinematographer on Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)), this Italian-made Cinemascope adventure about the daring exploits of Sir Francis Drake (Rod Taylor, pre-The Birds (1963)) as he plunders on the high seas for the glory of England and Queen Elizabeth I (Irene Worth) is full of swashbuckling, fancy dress, and tall ships on fire. Shot in Rome, the outrageous and near-operatic sets recall other Maté-directed films like When Worlds Collide (1951), and the naval battles created in miniature by special effects technician Eros Bacciucchi (who later distinguished himself as resident squib-man on many of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns) are fun in a very real, pre-computer graphics way.

By Violet LeVoit
Seven Seas To Calais  -

Seven Seas to Calais -

The final film of Polish-born director Rudolph Maté (a seasoned war horse who got his start as cinematographer on Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)), this Italian-made Cinemascope adventure about the daring exploits of Sir Francis Drake (Rod Taylor, pre-The Birds (1963)) as he plunders on the high seas for the glory of England and Queen Elizabeth I (Irene Worth) is full of swashbuckling, fancy dress, and tall ships on fire. Shot in Rome, the outrageous and near-operatic sets recall other Maté-directed films like When Worlds Collide (1951), and the naval battles created in miniature by special effects technician Eros Bacciucchi (who later distinguished himself as resident squib-man on many of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns) are fun in a very real, pre-computer graphics way. By Violet LeVoit

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Copyright length: 99 min. Opened in Rome in August 1962 as Il dominatore dei sette mari. Anthony Dawson is a pseudonym for Antonio Margheriti.