STAR WARS, a PEPLUM in space

Photographic proof that STAR WARS was basically a PEPLUM set in a science-fiction/outer space setting. I saw STAR WARS before any Sword & Sandal films and as I was watching the 300 or so films one after the other I couldn't believe how much of the elements in the STAR WARS films were inspired or directly lifted from Italian Sword & Sandal films, which at the time and for the most part even today are still frowned upon. There are so many elements that I won't be mentioning all of them but here's a bunch just to give you an idea.

Opening credits that sets up the storyline
From VENGEANCE OF HERCULES



Desert locations, with bones of dead creatures
GOLIATH AND THE GIANTS


GOLIATH AND THE GIANTS

Wise Old Man
WAR GODS OF BABYLON



Evil Ruler on his throne
HEROD THE GREAT



Disposable soldiers of Evil Ruler
GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON



Resourceful little people always on the side of good
GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON




Donut-style hair fashion statement
THEODORA ~ SLAVE EMPRESS



Cheesecake (there's very little Beefcake in Star Wars films)
Publicity shot of Rhonda Fleming for SERPENT OF THE NILE



Torture. What's a PEPLUM film without a torture scene?
GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON



Sword fights, hence the term Sword & Sandal
FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE



Council chambers
HEROD THE GREAT



Crushing walls of death
MACISTE IN THE VALLEY OF THUNDERING ECHO



The annoying sidekick
GLADIATORS OF ROME

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No beefcake in STAR WARS? Doesn't Chewie count?

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Well done!

PEPLUM cinema said...

Thanks Charles!

Kike said...

You decide to leave it there... but, actually, you can go FOREVER with the comparisons!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello!
Your article is beautiful! But can you add references of peplum pictures please?