Friday, January 30, 2015

By the Gods!

John Drew Barrymore and Linda Cristal, on the left, listen to Armando Francioli's punishment in THE PHARAOHS' WOMAN

Though the image is not the best the aspect ration is in widescreen and in the 4:3 version everything on the far sides, including Armando, were cut off. It's great to see film as they were originally intended. Thanks to Alan.


Erno Crisa, as Kefren, gets his comeuppance in CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER. Great death scene.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video of the Week : ROLAND THE MIGHTY - Dance

Video of the Week : Brief dance number from ROLAND THE MIGHTY starring Rosanna Schiaffino and Ugo Sasso. I got a widescreen version of this film (finally!) and I'll be doing a FanDub with this Pietro Francisci film.


Feat of Strength from Maciste in the Land of the Cyclops starring Gordon Mitchell, Paul Wynter and Dante DiPaolo. Great 'Feat of Strength' moment. It didn't make it in the top 30 Greatest Moments of PEPLUM Cinema but it was close to being part of it. Dante makes a great villain. Paul should have being one of the pullers. Now that would have been hard.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

By the Gods!

Nero (Vladimir Medar) compliments Poppaea (Moira Orfei) in FIRE OVER ROME

A lot of people don't like this film but I like it. People try to compare it with QUO VADIS which is silly. This is more an action film than the drama of the Hollywood production. 

There are a couple of liabilities but there are some good stuff too. The exterior sets are pretty amazing and the action surrounding the fire over Rome is vivid. The biggest liability is the film's main star, Lang Jeffries who, even though looks good in costume, has one expression throughout the film. The screenshot above is taken from the widescreen print and that also makes a huge difference from the usual muddy ugly version available out there.

Who wore it best

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the Gods!

The Golden Falcon, played by Massimo Serato, with Nadia Gray in THE GOLDEN FALCON

Added this title to my ULTIMATE MOST WANTED list. It's odd that I came across this film totally by accident on Youtube (there's a clip there) and I didn't know about it. It looks great but the dubbing seems to be unusually poor. Massimo is the leading man and he even has a beefcake moment.

Movie Poster Mondays

Italian poster for a film not released in English; THE CROWN OF FIRE

Not to be confused with the classic LA CORONA DI FERRO or THE IRON CROWN. Somehow I didn't include this film on my ULTIMATE MOST WANTED list so I've added the title to it.