Saul and David (1964)
Starring: Norman Wooland, Gianni Garko
Plot: Marcello Baldi, among whose better known works of historical fiction
are "Mole Men against the Son of Hercules" and "Goliath and the
Dragon", does a decent job directing this epic biblical tale of the
early history of the Kingdom of Israel. In one of the first scenes,
Saul (Norman Wooland) and Samuel (Carlos Casaravilla) set the tone of
the film as Samuel tells Saul that he has already lost Israel through
his disobedience to Jehovah and that a new king is already on the rise.
Wooland and Casaravilla are the class of the acting talent here, and
throughout most of the film, Wooland is forced to carry the dialog.
In that first scene, the seeds of Saul's paranoia and betrayal begin to
sprout and Samuel, after a meaningful pause, says "you are already
beginning to torment yourself." This really sets the tone of the entire
story. The film chronicles the decline of Saul and the rise of David