Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo of the Day

Dionysus (Pierre Brice) is confronted by Pentheus (Alberto Lupo) in THE BACCHANTES

The lighting in this shot is perfect. I didn't retouch the image. The writing during this entire scene is excellent.

It's odd how Dionysus has been portrayed in movies and popular culture. I already posted about this (link) but I think it's due for an update. And why was Dionysus such an important god in Greek mythology?

Film directed by Giorgio Ferroni who also directed the excellent THE TROJAN HORSE with Steve Reeves amongst other great PEPLUM films. I'll write a review of this film soon.

I'm off tomorrow (it's my birthday) so back on Thursday!

Uncredited actors : Messina Brother vs Messina Brother


From the TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS: Emilio is a regular star of the TEN GLADIATORS films but his brother Roberto wasn't even though he appeared briefly in them as a supporting actor. Here we see the two Messina brothers fighting each other at the beginning of the film.

Though Emilio is credited for being one of the Ten Gladiators, Roberto is not credited anywhere, at IMDb or any website I've checked or in any books.

Another exclusive internet first only to be found here at the PEPLUM TV blog.



PEPLUM Publicity


French 3D relief banner for HERCULES UNCHAINED, with Sylva Koscina front and center. Cool stuff.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Photo of the Day

Princess Fara (Susan Kohner) and Prince Voldi (John Saxon) are in love in THE BIG FISHERMAN

The only PEPLUM film for both, as far as I know.

Movie Poster Mondays

Belgian poster for DUEL OF CHAMPIONS

The French title is a bit underwhelming with simply the names of the warring families. Nice artwork.

I uploaded the entire film to Youtube. It's a special Fan Dub version I made.

THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS - Dance sequence


I uploaded this dance sequence from THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS starring a young Gianna Maria Canale and Georges Marchal.

Cool film.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Photo of the Day

Keros (Tony Russel) tries to convince Helea (Paola Pitti) that their love is serious in THE SPARTAN GLADIATORS

There's always a sense of Déjà vu with this location as it was often used in PEPLUM films made in Italy. Fun film with a great PEPLUM cast.

Back on Monday!

Lobby Cards Set : DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS

US lobby cards set for DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS. Excellent set even if it's missing one card with that title card. Nothing bad to say about it except that for a film in Cinemascope the photos on the lobby cards are still in 4:3. They should have had lobby cards in Cinemascope. Ah!

PEPLUM GIF animation


For Good Friday, here's a GIF animation from BEN-HUR (1959)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo of the Day

Serge Nubret and Giuliano Gemma (behind Nubret) stand amongst the Titans in MY SON THE HERO (aka The Titans)

This is one of those PEPLUM films that you either think it's completely brilliant or completely daft. I've gaged the reaction of this film from everyone since I started the blog and many think this film is one of the best PEPLUM flicks evah while other think it's the most annoying and worst one evah  There's just no in-between. You either love it or hate it. And I actually get where both sides are coming from.


Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-scenes photo of Greer Garson, Marlon Brando and Deborah Kerr all in costume, from JULIUS CAESAR (1953)

Was Sappho really a lesbian?

Because very little information is left of the legendary poetess speculation on the life of Sappho is sketchy at best. There's very little evidence from what's left of her poetry which hints at a 'Sapphic' sister. Just to make sure this is not a critique of lesbians. I'm pro Gay/Lesbian. This is just an observation.

From Wikipedia :

"These fragments have often been interpreted as referring to Sappho's daughter, or as confirming that Sappho had a daughter with this name. But even if a biographic reading of the verses is accepted, this is not certain."

If she had a daughter she wasn't 100% lesbian.

"Sappho's poetry centers on passion and love for various people and both sexes. The word lesbian derives from the name of the island of her birth, Lesbos, while her name is also the origin of the word sapphic; neither word was applied to female homosexuality until the 19th century. The narrators of many of her poems speak of infatuations and love (sometimes requited, sometimes not) for various females, but descriptions of physical acts between women are few and subject to debate.  Whether these poems are meant to be autobiographical is not known, although elements of other parts of Sappho's life do make appearances in her work, and it would be compatible with her style to have these intimate encounters expressed poetically, as well. Her homoerotica should be placed in the context of the 7th century (BC). The poems of Alcaeus and later Pindar record similar romantic bonds between the members of a given circle."

 The death of Adonis

Sappho, along with her circle of young girls, worshipped Adonis. A piece of Sappho's poetry shows this cult for Adonis, which includes his death (and the whole cycle of renewal). It's seems a bit odd for a lesbian to worship the god of beauty and desire in male form. But then again there are so many gods in Greek mythology that it probably wouldn't mean anything.

Sappho and Alcaeus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The poet Alcaeus was also reported to have been one of her lovers. He also lived on the island of Lesbos.



The first full feature film based on the Greek poetess was made in 1960 adventure film SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS directed by Pietro Francisci. Tina Louise played Sappho. In it she falls in love with a man, Phaon (played by Kerwin Mathews), who was based on the Legend of Phaon, a man Sappho purportedly fell in love with. In 1960, openly lesbian characters were rare in films so it's understandable they skirted the issue but the subtext is there, certainly with Sappho's close friendship with Actis, played by Susy Andersen.


So was Sappho a lesbian?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photo of the Day

Anna (Gia Scala) and Robin Hood (Don Burnett) and Little John (Samson Burke) in TRIUMPH OF ROBIN HOOD

This film was made in 1962 but feels like an early 1970s films. Bodybuilder Samson Burke keeps his shirt on throughout the film and is acting is in control, not like some of his other films. Pretty good cast in this rarely seen auctioneer. Not as wacky as ROBIN HOOD AND THE PIRATES. Ah!

Location : Latomies di Salone quary (exterior)

Very popular location for PEPLUM films, from Hollywood or from Italy. I've lost count on how many films have used this quary, sometimes briefly, many times extensively. This images just the exterior of the location.

BEN-HUR (1959)




URSUS IN THE VALLEY OF LIONS (1961)


TRIUMPH OF MACISTE (1961)


THE LION OF THEBES (1964)


Who wore it best?

Brad Harris in GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS or Pier Maria Cecchini in BOOM?