Friday, March 27, 2015

By the Gods!

Ivo Garrani as King Pelias in HERCULES (1958)

Ivo died on March 25. He was 91 years old. Ivo appeared in many PEPLUM films including THE GIANT OF MARATHON, CARTHAGE IN FLAMES, SON OF SPARTACUS and MORGAN THE PIRATE just to name a few. He was excellent as King Pelias and also gave good performances. RIP.

PEPLUM GIF Animation : SANDOKAN THE GREAT


Steve Reeves as Sandokan, surviving a tiger attack. Co-starring Geneviève Grad

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video of the Week : INVINCIBLE BROTHERS MACISTE - Dance


For Video of the Week, I uploaded the pagan dance number from THE INVINCIBLE BROTHERS MACISTE starring Ursula Davis and Claudie Lange as the non-dancers.

This dance is racy, certainly for a 'kids film'

URSUS IN THE VALLEY OF THE LIONS - Dance Sequence


Brief dance number from URSUS IN THE VALLEY OF LIONS starring Moira Orfei and Alberto Lupo. It's always fun to watch Moira.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

By the Gods!

Karis (Daniela Rocca) tries to sort things out with Phillipides (Steve Reeves) in THE GIANT OF MARATHON

Beautiful photo. Nice film even with its liabilities. I always feel bad for Daniela's role in the film. She tries and tries and tries to woo Phillipides but to no avail.

Behind-the-Scenes


Reg Park stays in shape, with the help of Salvatore Furnari, while filming HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN

Monday, March 23, 2015

By the Gods!

Antiope (Elissa Landi) and Theseus (David Manners) confront Hercules (Tiny Sandford) in THE WARRIOR'S HUSBAND (1933)

This film is impossible to get. It does exist...somewhere. Anyway, this is one of the first films which shows Hercules, albeit in a supporting role. The first feature length film about Hercules would appear 35 years later and made in Italy : Hercules starring Steve Reeves. It's amazing that such a mythical character inspired so few films prior to the Reeves / Francisci epic. Elissa Landi was also in SIGN OF THE CROSS just a year before.

Movie Poster Mondays

British poster for CARRY ON CLEO

The poster (and the film, well, sorta) is a spoof of the Elizabeth Taylor film.


Friday, March 20, 2015

By the Gods!

Reg Lewis and Margaret Lee share an intimate moment in COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE (aka many different title)

This film took a whopping 6 months to shoot. It's truly mind-boggling. PEPLUM genre includes films with stories set in prehistoric times but some films are more PEPLUM-like, such as this one, than others.