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Sylva Koscina

Croatian beauty who studied physics at Naples University before becoming an actress. Famous films  include, “Hercules” with Steve Reeves, “Swordsman Of Siena” with Stewart Granger, “Deadlier Than The Male” with Richard Johnson & “A Lovely Way To Die” with Kirk Douglas.

Sylva Koscina
Fact File:

Birth Name:
Sylva Koscina

Date Of Birth:
22nd August 1933

Place Of Birth:
Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Date Of Death:26th December 1994

Place Of Death: Rome, Italy

Height: 5’ 7”

Sylva Koscina
Sylva Koscina

Debut Film:
“Are We Men Or Corporals?” (1955). Comedy with famous Italian actor Toto.

Final Film Appearance:
“Kim Novak Is On The Phone” (1994). Drama with Anna Falchi playing the role of Kim Novak.

Signature Role:
Sylva’s film career gained momentutm when she was cast in the role of Iole (Hercules’ wife) oppsoite legendary muscleman Steve Reeves in the two classic Italian peplums “Hercules” (1958) & “Hercules Unchained” (1959).

Although born in Croatia, Yugoslavia, Sylva lived in Italy from the age of 12.

Sylva Koscina’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

Hercules [DVD](1959) DVD
The original "swords, sandals and sweat" spectacle stars Steve Reeves as the muscular Greek superhero who asks the gods to make him mortal so he can find love and share in the adventures of humans. His mortal adventures include falling in love with beautiful princess Sylva Koscina and going on a perilous journey with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English dubbed; scene access.

Hercules Unchained [DVD](1960) DVD
Steve Reeves returns as the mighty Hercules in another saga of muscles, maidens and monsters. Robbed of his memory, Herc is a prisoner of the lovely Queen of Lidia and must compete in the Contest of Giants for his freedom. Also, stars Sylva Koscina. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English dubbed mono.

Judex(1964) VHS
A stylish revamping of the silent French serial of the same name, director Georges Franju's elaborate thriller follows masked vigilante Judex's campaign against a crooked banker and his own villainous female counterpart. Channing Pollock, Michel Vitold, Francine Berge & Sylva Koscina star. 103 min. In French with English subtitles.

The Little Nuns(1965) VHS
Two nuns from a remote Italian village travel to Rome, hoping to talk the owner of an airline into changing the flight paths of his planes which are destroying their convent's beloved fresco. Charming comedy with a fine cast that includes Catherine Spaak, Sylva Koscina. 100 min. Dubbed in English.

Baraka X77(1965) VHS
A scientist survives a plane crash after crooks attempt to steal his secret formula for solid fuel. Assigned to protect the scientist is Agent X77, who, along with help from a nurse, faces car chases, whippings and evil bald body-builders. Gerard Barray, Sylva Koscina, Jose Suarez star.

Dictator's Guns(1965) VHS
A sea captain is accused of hijacking a ship that was actually taken by gunrunners. Helping him try to find the real culprits is an American woman who claims to be the wife of the lost ship's captain. Lino Ventura, Sylva Koscina and Leo Gordon star in this thriller from Claude Sautet ("Cesar and Rosalie"). Dubbed in English.

Juliet Of The Spirits [DVD](1965) DVD
Director Federico Fellini's dazzling, surrealistic portrait of the sexual fantasies and neuroses of a young woman trying to break out of an unhappy marriage. Giulietta Masina, Mario Pisu, Sylva Koscina star. 137 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer; interview; scene access.

Deadlier Than The Male [DVD](1967) DVD
Two-fisted crimesolver Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond was revamped for the James Bond crowd with this thrilling spy yarn. Richard Johnson, as insurance investigator Drummond, looks into the death of an oil company executive and links the incident to a criminal mastermind who has gorgeous, bikini-clad assassins doing his dirty work. Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Nigel Green and Suzanna Leigh co-star. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access.

Black King Pin(1973) VHS
Luca Canali thought he could put one over on the mob by hijacking their $6,000,000 drug shipment. The mob isn't known for their sense of humor, though...and they send two hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) to remind Luca of that fact. AKA: "Hit Men," "Hired to Kill," "The Italian Connection," "Manhunt." Also, stars Sylva Koscina. 90 min.

Some Like It Cool(1979) VHS
Wild sex romp stars Tony Curtis in dual roles: as Casanova, the famed lover who's saddled with sexual problems, and as Casanova's stand-in whose way with the ladies makes him quite popular. Lots of ribald moments and nudity, with the likes of Sylva Koscina, Marisa Berenson and Britt Ekland baring it all. AKA: "Casanova and Co.," "Sex on the Run." 89 min.


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Hercules (1957)
Hercules Unchained (1959)
Deadlier Than The Male (1966)

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