Trailer for IMMORTALS starring Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. More green screen action with slow motion cgi action and screaming actors. Looks and sounds familiar...hmm...sorta bored with this approach. When will they film in actual locations again?
Tyrone Benskin as the Persian Emissary in the movie 300, which was shot in Montreal.
Born in England but living in Canada since the age of 10, veteran actor Tyrone Benskin is running as a candidate for the NDP in next week's election. For those living outside of Canada, there's a general election next Monday and he'll be representing the riding of Jeanne-le Ber which, by coincidence, is the riding that I live in. Hmm...I guess I'll vote for him for that reason...arf.
TCM ran both films one after the other and I watched both of them while mingling with my family/friends on Easter Sunday. Here's a quick rundown of how they compared:
King of Kings
- Jeffrey Hunter brilliant as Jesus
- Robert Ryan totally miscast as John the Baptist
- Siobhan McKenna wasn't convincing as Mary
- Narration was obtrusive
- Intro was super long. 20+ minutes to get story going
- Because of narration and quick rundown of story, the film felt like bible studies
- Location didn't look like Israel/Middle East. It looked like, well, Spain where it was shot.
- Fantastic score by Miklós Rózsa
- Ending at the beach fell flat
- Studio-bound and looks fake-ish from time to time
- Some beautiful sets and production design
- A bit of a heavy-handedness to it
The Greatest Story Ever Told
- Max Von Sydow totally miscast as Jesus; his voice alone doesn't work
- Claude Rains totally miscast as Herod the Great
- Charlton Heston sounds better than Robert Ryan as John the Baptist but looks ridiculous in fake looking wig and beard
- Almost entire cast is miscast: Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate?
- Constant use of cameos are terrible; with John Wayne's being the worst
- Narration wasn't obtrusive
- Stunning production design
- Stunning cinematography
- Beautiful, realistic locations
- Direction more fluid and organic
- More realistic looking
- Music score is good but film employs classical music which was beautifully incorporated with story
- Relies on classical music and Michelangelo's paintings to set up scene so a bit of laziness in direction here
- Ending has more impact than King of Kings but still sorta flat
All in all, it's a virtual tie with The Greatest Story Ever Told edging out King of Kings because of stunning production design/cinematography, etc. Now if they combined the best qualities from both films then there would be the perfect film: King of the Greatest Story Ever Told! Posted at the Special Features page.
Loredana Nusciak and Richard Harrison share a tender moment in the otherwise action-packed GLADIATORS 7. Their relationship is the film's weakest point as, by the end,
nothing is ever resolved. I'm thinking there's a scene that was cut from the climax.
Incredible movie set for the silent version of KING OF KINGS.
I started watching this film on TCM just a few months ago. It was on midnight and I had to go to sleep and only saw 30 minutes of it, with some part of it shot in earliest Technicolor which was amazing but I didn't see this incredibly OTT set. I now wish I watched it to the end. That Cecil B. DeMille, he sure knew how to create spectacles.
PEPLUM star and world class bodybuilder Serge Nubret passed away 2 days ago. Serge fell into a coma back in 2009 and never recovered. Serge had an amazing physique and good looks but even though he appeared in a couple of Sword & Sandal films, acting wasn't his calling and he concentrated the rest of his career on bodybuilding.
Photos: two first photos from THE TITANS (also known as My Son, The Hero); two last photos from GOLIATH & THE REBEL SLAVE (aka The Tyrant of Lydia Against the Son of Hercules), starring Gordon Scott and Massimo Serato.
Brilliant score from one of the most underrated composers ever, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.
The youtube clip erroneously shows an image from the 1030s version of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. The title score was reused by Quentin Tarantino for a NAZI propaganda film in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. Hmm...
Can someone ID the MOVIE for this photo. It's Eleanor Parker alright but someone said it's for VALLEY OF THE KINGS. I haven't seen it but that movie, though set in Egypt, takes place in contemporary settings, not 2000 years ago. It's probably just promo or test shots. It's a shame she never appeared in an Egyptian PEPLUM because she looked great here.