Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sad news to report that Rossana Podestà has died today. She was 79 years old. A star of many PEPLUM films she was one of the few actresses of the genre to make it in a big Hollywood production, HELEN OF TROY (pictured above). If you want to read more about Rossana you can check this out : link
The Cyclops is about to kill Marcus (Kevin Stapleton) in CYCLOPS (2008)
A cable-produced film that's throwback to the B-movies of the 1950s/60s with passable CGI for the cyclops. Not great but entertaining nonetheless.
Back on Thursday.
Fellini's JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (1965) has a host of PEPLUM stars in it. It's a virtual who's who. It was released in 1965 when the PEPLUM explosion died. There many more than the one listed here. There's Mino Doro, Claudie Lange, Dakar, etc.
...and the bodybuilders:
What's a Fellini film without a brief appearance of a muscleman? Well there are about 4 or 5 'bodybuilders' in this film but above is Nadir Moretti, who was in several PEPLUM films including HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS and was Samson in SAMSON AND THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE.
Sylva Koscina, star of the HERCULES films
Sandra Milo, who appeared in HEROD THE GREAT before this film
Dina De Santis, who was in HERCULES AGAINST ROME. She also appears as a different character in the film.
Marilù Tolo. She starred in many PEPLUM films including THE MAGNIFICENT GLADIATOR
The dancing team of Sujata and Asoka Rubener. I profiled them last week: link
...and the bodybuilders:
Nadir would also appeared briefly during another part of the film.
Another muscleman who's not credited but he's called Alberto in the film.
Mystery bodybuilder who's not credited. This is not Nadir Moretti. Sorta looks like Dan Vadis.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Tony Musante and Vanessa Gravina in GLADIATOR OF POMPEII
This mini-series, in two parts, was made in 2007 but the English dubbed version has been released just recently. Not bad with excellent production values but the dubbing is static and boring. On a sad note, Tony Musante died on November 26 at the age of 77. His career last a long time, since the early 1960s. He was also a stage actor. His best film is probably the classic THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, directed by Dario Argento. R.I.P.
Compilation of clips from various PEPLUM films with the hero undressing just before or while in full action mode. A definite PEPLUM cliché.
When the hero takes it off he means business!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The crew of the Argo from HERCULES UNCHAINED
The cast: Fulvio Carrara as Pollux, Willy Colombini as Castor, Gabriele Antonini as Ulysses, Andrea Fantasia as Laertes, Walter Grant as Asclepius, Aldo Pini as Tifi, Aldo Fiorelli as Argo and Gino Mattera as Orpheus. Great cast of actors in supporting roles. I could watch this film a million times.
Back on Monday
Yesterday I posted a Youtube clip of a new RPG video game called RYSE : SON OF ROME and while looking at the gory action I wondered how fun would it be if some programmers would make video games based on classic PEPLUM films. The first title that popped in my mind was THIEF OF BAGHDAD starring Steve Reeves and Giorgia Moll (above). The entire storyline, of the quest for the Blue Rose and with Karim the Thief (Reeves) picking up stuff along the way and fighting with the faceless soldiers and flying off in a winged horse would be cool to play.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Great photo of a subligaculum, which is what Scott is wearing. I've trying to get the official name for such a garment and I've only recently found it. I'll post more about it soon. Fun film but too many scenes were cut for the US version.
One of the first exclusive games available only for the new Xbox One, released 2 weeks ago, was RYSE : SON OF ROME, a violent RPG set in Rome. Someone edited all the movie storyline together from the game and you can view it on Youtube (until they pull it). I don't have an Xbox so I checked it out. Lotsa hacking and slashing.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Roger Browne and Scilla Gabel are the romantic couple in SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST ROME (or Seven Slaves against the World)
As usual in Michele Lupo films, you briefly see the actors in a full shot like this but then it's followed by a series of super tight close-ups of the actors' faces. Nice photo.
A British academic believes she has identified the precise spot of the elusive Hanging Gardens of Babylon - in one of the most dangerous places on earth.
It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World for which the location has for centuries remained elusive.
Now, though, an academic from Oxford University believes she has solved one of the world’s last great archaeological mysteries by identifying the precise spot on which the Hanging Gardens of Babylon once stood. Dr Stephanie Dalley focused her search hundreds of miles north of the site of the ancient city of Babylon, now near Hillah, in central Iraq, to support her theory that the lush, elevated marvel was in fact built near the city of Ninevah, in the north of the country.
I've already posted about this years ago in one of the blogs first posts (link). I love this kind of stuff.