Giacomo Gentilomo

ROME--Giacomo Gentilomo, who spent 30 years in the Italian movie business, but is perhaps best known as the director of several "sword-and-sandal" movies in the 1950s and 1960s, died here April 16, 2001. He was 92. MSTies will recall his work in the movie featured in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

Other movies directed by Gentilomo included "Slave Girls of Sheba" and "Goliath and the Island of Vampires."

Born in Trieste, Gentilomo was a movie critic, screenwriter and assistant director before making his first feature film, "Rome Symphonies,'' in 1937. Ten years later, he directed an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov.'' In 1951 he made "Young Caruso,'' starring Gina Lollobrigida and "The Accusation'' with Marcello Mastroianni. In 1964, he quit the movie business to devote himself to painting.