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
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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 office408 million


Thessaly, overrun with barbarian invaders and beset with natural disasters, sends King Jason and his Argonauts on a search for the fabled Golden Fleece. Meanwhile, back home, his scheming cohort is plotting to get his hands on the kingdom and the queen.



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


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