• Short Summary

    This morning, Crown Prince Constantine, the Royal Princesses Sophia and Irene, ex-King Michael of Rumania and his wife Ann of Bourbon, drove to Pera Hora north-west of Athens to watch the re-enactment of the famous Battle of the Pass of Thermopylae, where some 2500 years ago 300 Spartans affronted tens of thousands of Persians.

  • Description

    1.
    Crown Prince Constantine, Royal Princesses Sophie and Irene, ex King Michael and his wife, meet the protagonists of the film and particularly British actors Donald Houston and Robert Brown.


    2.
    Various closer shots of the Crown Prince and the Princesses.


    3.
    British actors Houston and Brown chat with the Royal Princesses.


    4.
    Closer shot of the two British movie-stars.


    5.
    A scene of the battle of Thermopylae; Spartans fight to protect to body of Leonidas killed.


    6.
    Princesses Sophia and Irene follow the "battle".


    7.
    Closer shot of Robert Brown playing the role of Pentheus.


    8.
    Shots of Xerxes' cavalry attacking Leonidas' Spartans; some closer shots of the battle.




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    Background: This morning, Crown Prince Constantine, the Royal Princesses Sophia and Irene, ex-King Michael of Rumania and his wife Ann of Bourbon, drove to Pera Hora north-west of Athens to watch the re-enactment of the famous Battle of the Pass of Thermopylae, where some 2500 years ago 300 Spartans affronted tens of thousands of Persians. Thermopylae remained historical through the ages, for the barbarians were stopped and later annihilated (at the battle of Platea), thus saving what was then known as civilized Europe. In an effort to help the company which is filming the battle, the Greek Government has assigned a force of 3000 men of the 27th Infantry Regiment to play Leonidas of Sparta and Xerxes' soldiers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABCG4SY3K011O4IYYG7MPIILN
    Media URN:
    VLVABCG4SY3K011O4IYYG7MPIILN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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