Italian muscleman Bartolomeo Pagano re-created his familiar Maciste characterization in the 12-chapter serial The Liberator. The film was directed by Giovanni Pastrone, who first introduced Maciste in his 1913 historical epic Cabiria. Filmed on location in Turin, the serial pitted the mighty Maciste against a veritable battalion of invading Germans, all of whom seemed to be motivated by but one single desire: to enjoy the sexual favors of virtuous heroine Lucille (Maybelle Stanton). If Pagano's performance seemed overwrought at times, he was a model of subtlety compared to the serial's alleged comedy-relief character, played by Mark Albro. Like all of the silent Maciste films, The Liberator made back its production costs many times over.
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