Thursday, September 3, 2015

By the Gods!

Rina de Liguoro and Victor Varconi in THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1926)

So this week I made a small sample of silent PEPLUM films, many of which are lost, hard to find or forgotten but, oddly enough, were the foundation of the genre 30 or so years later.

PEPLUM GIF Animation : DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS

Susan Hayward, as Messalina, being her bitchy self, forcing 'guard' Victor Mature, Demetrius, to pick up the pieces. Classic PEPLUM moment.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

By the Gods!

Rina De Liguoro as Messalina in MESSALINA (1924)

A shortened version of the film is available on Youtube. Rina is one of many who played the controversial empress. But the ultimate film about her has yet to be made. 

Behind-the-Scenes

Reg Park and Christopher Lee have fun with Leonora Ruffo's makeup in a photo taken while filming HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Goliath & the Vampires

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Gianna Maria Canale

The Giant of Marathon

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Steve Reeves

The Three Avengers

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Mimmo Palmara - Alan Steel

Conan the Barbarian

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Spartacus & the Ten Gladiators

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Gianni Rizzo - Helga Liné - Milton Reid

Alexander the Great

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Richard Burton

Monday, August 31, 2015

By the Gods!

Ramon Novarro, as Ben-Hur, becomes one of the many men as slave in BEN-HUR (1925)

As great as the the 1959 version is much of the latter's success depended a lot on this silent version, which it freely copied, often nearly scene for scene.

Movie Poster Mondays

French poster for COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN

Good poster and artwork but does it really show that it's a comedy?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By the Gods!

Giovanni Cianfriglia in THE PIRATE OF THE 'BLACK HAWK'

Giovanni has less than a minute of screen time in the standard European pirate flick. It's one of those pirate movies which takes place almost entirely on land.  There aren't any truly memorable scenes in this production directed by the usually dependable Sergio Grieco. 

PEPLUM GIF Animation : THE MIGHTY URSUS


A scene from THE MIGHTY URSUS starring Ed Fury. Classic breaking chains bit seen in many PEPLUM films.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By the Gods!

Hercules (Maciste in original, Alan Steel) tosses a Moon man out of the way in HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN

I love the tinted look of these scenes in the film. The script is a bit facile and there is some padding here and there but this is fun, colourful movie with a very bad rep.