Monday, January 23, 2017

By the Gods!

The grand sets of THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Most likely a combo of model and sets. I love these scenes. They're so memorable, even if the film itself might not be. There's a similar set / model in CLASH OF THE TITAN but this one is better. They don't make sets like this anymore.

Movie Poster Mondays

French poster of SALOME

Beautiful artwork even if Rita's costume wasn't that revealing in the film

Thursday, January 19, 2017

By the Gods!

Alan Steel (aka Sergio Ciani) as a bound Hercules in HERCULES AGAINST ROME

Steel was often caught in these predicaments, like in HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN. One of the several Italian-born actors who became famous because of the PEPLUM genre. He passed away to years ago. I'm thinking of uploading this at my PEPLUM TV channel. Fun film.

Video of the Week : THE SARACENS - Full movie


Video of the Week : Rare full movie of The Saracens starring Richard Harrison!

Fun film with excellent score! Exclusive to PEPLUM TV. Enjoy!

Note : I have some views to give on this film and I'll write them next week.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

By the Gods!

Rosanna Schiaffino and Sidney Poitier in THE LONG SHIPS

A Hollywood take on the PEPLUM genre : very boisterous and over-the-top. I find it a difficult film to get into because it's so turned-up and campy but PEPLUM regular Rosanna Sciaffino makes things more fun to watch for fans of Italian productions. This Columbia pictures was shot in Yugoslavia. One of the few genre films Sidney made during that period.

Behind-the-Scenes

Charlton Heston shows off his son as a little centurion to Jack Hawkins during the filming of BEN-HUR. Cute.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

By the Gods!

Russell Crowe in action in GLADIATOR

The career of everyone involved with this film have faded into near obscurity (by choice or not). Crowe is not A-list anymore. His last two films, NOAH and ROBIN HOOD, weren't massive hits. He's to appear in a yet another remake of THE MUMMY, playing Dr Jekyll(!). That film stars Tom Cruise. Aside from THE MARTIAN, director Ridley Scott hasn't had a big hit since then. And Joaquin Phoenix is too busy dating 19 year old girls. GLADIATOR won best film back in 2000. It must have been a really poor year. Since I'm a big fan of the PEPLUM genre and know everything about them, GLADIATOR wasn't really that special to me. It was a huge hit though and it did sorta re-ignite a new PEPLUM explosion but the output has been sporadic and the qualityvaried tremendously. Do you think Hollywood will remake this film (which was an indirect remake of countless films from the 1960s)?

Identify the movie!


Can you identify this film from this image?

Monday, January 16, 2017

By the Gods!

Dan Vadis and his nine gladiator friends in TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS

I won't name all of them here. You can view the cast at this previous post : identifying the ten gladiators.

Fun film, a bit on the sloppy side, certainly in regards to the use of stock footage from other films. It's filled with brawny action. If you don't like that kind of stuff, then TRIUMPH is definitely not for you. I like them. There were many films with sets of rebels or gladiators back in the Golden Era of the genre (GLADIATORS SEVEN, SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST ROME, etc) but the Ten Gladiator films are in a league all of their own thanks mainly to the direction of Nick Nostro and the larger-than-life presence of Dan Vadis.

Movie Poster Mondays

Spanish poster of SAMSON & DELILAH

The poster contains a spoiler. Well, everyone knows that cutting Samson's hair will make him lose his strength but still...when you think about it, the premise (Delilah trying to figure out the secret to Samson strength) is a pretty thin one for a full feature film.

Friday, January 13, 2017

By the Gods!

Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar and Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in CLEOPATRA (1963)

An unlikely couple if there ever was one. Peter Finch was originally cast in the Julius Caesar role which would have been better. Rex was miscast as Caesar. He sounded like a school principle. And Taylor and Harrison have no chemistry at all. One of the films that signalled the end of the PEPLUM genre (along with FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE). Could the genre lived on if this film hadn't been made? Maybe...maybe not.

Retro Friday : ROME - Eternal Cinematic City

(originally posted February 2012)

I always love it when a movie states in bold letters or graphic that we're in ROME!

From SPARTACUS



From JULIUS CAESAR



From COLOSSUS OF THE ARENA

From SALOME

From SIGN OF THE CROSS

From CHALLENGE OF THE GLADIATOR (Italian version)

From CARRY ON CLEO


Thursday, January 12, 2017

By the Gods!

Melody O'Brian dances for her life while Jack Palance, bound to the mast, watches on helplessly in REVAK THE REBEL (aka The Barbarian)

An unintentionally funny scene. The dancing rivals the one in COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS. An odd production, it's apparently a failed TV pilot for a potential series(!). Rudolph Maté, who also directed THE 300 SPARTANS, missed the boat on this one. It is very entertaining but not very convincing.

Video of the Week : SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD - Brawl!


Video of the Week : Uber brawl scene from Seven Slaves against the World starring Gordon Mitchell, Roger Browne, Giacomo Stuart Rossi, and a host of other actors

Over the top action!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

By the Gods!

Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus Christ in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. An interesting take on the story of Jesus, with a cinema vérité style that only Pasolini could do. I like it but it's mostly a film of its time. It's not that it hasn't aged well, it actually has. It's just this style of filmmaking, which I love, has seen its time pass by. The films has been uploaded by many people on Youtube.

Behind-the-Scenes

Richard Burton uses his cigarette to light up the Stanley Baker's cigarette during the filming of ALEXANDER THE GREAT. The two were best friends.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

By the Gods!

Jay Robinson, Jean Simmons and Richard Burton amidst the grand set of THE ROBE

The first film shot in CinemaScope. The sets in this film are grand. They needed to be since they had to fill the widescreen image. I prefer the sequel, DEMETRIUS & TE GLADIATORS. It is good but there's a certain lack of conviction to it that prevents it from being great.


Color photo from SIGN OF THE CROSS


This is the only color photo taken from the set of SIGN OF THE CROSS, which was filmed in black & white. It was used for an advertising campaign for Coca-Cola. I wonder if COKE knew about how racy this film was? That's Fredric March, Claudette Colbert and Cecil B DeMille. Anyway, nice colours.

Monday, January 9, 2017

By the Gods!

Iole (Sylva Koscina) and her handmaiden (Luciana Paluzzi) are bared from leaving their room in HERCULES (1958)

The career of both actresses exploded with offers after starring in this worldwide hit. Sylva had the higher profile career but Luciana starred in James Bond film, THUNDERBOLT, as a Bond girl and the trashtastic THE GREEN SLIME. Like Steve Reeves as Hercules, Sylva is perfectly cast as Iole. I can't imagine anyone else player the role.

Movie Poster Mondays

Italian poster of JACOB & ESAU

Extremely rare Biblical film...so rare that I've never seen it. If someone knows where I can get it please email me.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!


Thanks everyone for your support!

I'm taking some time off during the holiday period. I'll be back part-time after the new year and will resume the blog full time by the end of January.

Happy Saturnalia!




Video of the Week : GODDESS OF LOVE - Full movie


Video of the Week : GODDESS OF LOVE starring Jacques Sernas, Belinda Lee and Massimo Girotti. In Italian with English subs.

Enjoy!

My Christmas gift to all of my followers, just in time for the holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

By the Gods!

The funeral pyre for Julius Caesar in CLEOPATRA (1963)

There's no doubt that the film spared no expense in recreating the grandeur of Rome. It's a shame the story or script was uninspired and turgid. No CGI here. This is the real stuff.