Friday, January 23, 2015
One of my favourite PEPLUM flicks...in widescreen! Hallelujah! Thanks Alan for the screenshot.
This is my annual "Please don't visit the PEPLUM page at Wikipedia" post.
If you search 'Sword and Sandal' at Google like above example and click the first link it'll bring you to the following page (below) which says PEPLUM film genre. Confusing? Not as much as before : Before the name of the page was Sword and Sandal but in the rest of the page they would only use the word PEPLUM to explain the genre. Previously the page was even more confusing but they've made a few changes (recommended by me ; see the Talk section of the page) where I told them how confusing the page says Sword & Sandal but the text only uses PEPLUM.
The page is very condescending and insulting and full of mistakes.
It's impossible to add anything to it since the hall monitors there categorically refuse any outside input aside from those blessed by them.
The stupid part of the page is they keep saying the PEPLUM genre is cheap knock-offs of Hollywood films when the genre itself was born in Europe. Also, since the whole page is devoid of any logic, how can HERCULES starring Steve Reeves be a cheap Hollywood knock off when that film was the first Hercules film ever made in film history anywhere around the world? How can HERCULES be a knock off when films based on Greek mythology didn't even exist in Hollywood before 1958?
Some other illogical parts of the page mentioned below regarding copyrighted material.
So as a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT to PEPLUM fans out there: Do not visit the WIKIPEDIA page on the PEPLUM genre.
If you think it's sour grapes or jealousy my blog gets over 1000 hits a day. It's still the most popular website on the internet on the PEPLUM genre. So no it's not that. A more respectful page of the PELUM would be great but alas the one currently available is nothing like that.
Repost from a previous post:
A few years ago I tried to submit my blog to the Sword and Sandal page at Wikipedia. I created an account and logged in and made a few changes and added the link to my blog. Someone monitoring the page removed all my information and said quite clearly that content found at external links have to be copyrighted. I told them that the links listed (see below in red) all fully violate that copyright clause and yet the links are still present today.
Not only that but they actually included links to video distributors whom sell public domain films but of the many titles they sell many of them are not in the public domain.
Also, I've been following the Sword and Sandal page for years now and it's obvious that whoever maintains that page gets info from this blog as the listing changed/improved continuously as my blog kept on going. I never took any info from that page as it was filled with mistakes.
Keep that in mind the next time you go to Wikipedia.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Video of the Week : escape scene from COLOSSUS OF ROME (aka Hero of Rome) starring Gabriella Pallotta and Massimo Serato.
I love this scene.
Here's the official trailer for the rare Finnish Swashbuckler called THE MAN WITH 100 SWORDS. The trailer is in colour but the film is in B&W. I didn't upload this. Thanks to Boris.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves, as Emiliano, in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS
This is Steve Reeves day, for his birthday.
I wish there was a better print of this film out there somewhere. It looks like it was transferred from a 16mm anamorphic print not a 35mm one. Some scenes are out of focus and so murky you can't see anything. Someone should come up with a better image and sound print for this classic.
This film is listed at my ULTIMATE MOST WANTED LIST page
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Gianna Maria Canale in THE AVENGER OF VENICE
This was Gianna's last film. Anything with Gianna is worth watching. Love her.