Italian: Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide, lit. The film is also known as Hercules Conquers Atlantis in the United Kingdom, and Hercules and the Captive Women in the United States where the film was not only ercole amante PDF but edited, rescored and given a title design by Filmation.
Un opéra de Cavalli, des ballets de Lully, un nouveau théâtre de presque sept mille places, des machines époustouflantes permettant d’élever la cour dans les airs… Rien ne saurait être trop beau, trop fastueux pour célébrer les noces de Louis XIV et de l’infante d’Espagne. Comment, aujourd’hui, interpréter cet opéra et le mettre en scène ? Voici un voyage à travers le mythe, l’histoire et la musique d’une oeuvre emblématique et méconnue avec l’intégrale du livret et sa traduction française.
When strange atmospheric events occur in the disunited city states of Ancient Greece, a forum debates what action to take. As there is no agreement, Androcles King of Thebes seeks the assistance of his friend, the legendary Hercules. Androcles takes matters into his own hands by drugging and kidnapping Hercules and placing him aboard a ship manned by a disreputable collection of former slaves and criminals. The only members of the expedition Androcles can trust are his sidekick, Timoteo the dwarf and Hylas who has to hide below deck from Hercules lest he face his wrath for leaving home. When the supply of fresh water is sabotaged, the ship lands on an island to replenish their supply. The crew mutinies by attacking Androcles but Hercules turns the tide.
The crew is left stranded on the island, however, Hercules discovers Hylas on board. Continuing their voyage, a storm wrecks the ship and separates all of them. Hercules sees a vision of Androcles begging for his help. Coming ashore on a mist-shrouded island he sees a woman held captive: not only chained to a cliff but gradually becoming a part of the rock formation. When he rescues her he has to fight Proteus a god able to change form into various creatures.
Though welcomed at first, Ismene discovers that she has been selected for sacrifice: a prophecy foretells that if she is not killed Atlantis and its population will be destroyed. The death of Proteus has already stripped Atlantis of its protective fog that keeps it unseen by the outside world. Ismene is recaptured and taken for execution. Things fall into place when Hercules and his companions not only rescue Ismene but a large group of prisoners in a pit.
The rescued prisoners explain that children are taken to a special stone that either transforms them either into blond supermen or disfigures the weak ones who are then placed in the pit. A priest explains that the stone is made from the blood of Uranus. The rescued prisoners attack Antinea’s palace but all are killed by her army. Hercules confronts Antinea and begins battling with her soldiers, but he falls into a pit where he is reunited with Hylas. Hercules and Hylas escape, and Hercules tells his son to flee the island while Hercules attempts to destroy the stone of Uranus. Hylas finds Timoteo, who says Ismene and Androcles are to be sacrificed by being tied to a ship that will be sent ablaze then adrift.