Thursday, May 23, 2013

PEPLUM Cliché : Orgies/Pagan Feasts

The quintessential cliché in a PEPLUM film: orgies or pagan feasts. These scenes were big draws back in the day. They even mentioned these moments on their movie posters. I posted most of these at PEPLUM X yesterday but thought it was too good not to post it here.

Reposted at the PEPLUM Clichés page

A devilish looking orgy from HELEN OF TROY (1956)

A civilized feast in ALEXANDER THE GREAT; Danielle Darrieux is courted by handsome suitors

The wild feast/orgy in JULIUS CAESAR AGAINST THE PIRATES

The boring and sedated orgy in CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Gina Lollobrigida provides some excitement during a ritualistic feast in SOLOMON & SHEBA

An orgy in THE LAST ROMAN


The greatest orgy in PEPLUM history? From THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

A publicity photo for SODOM & GOMORRAH

3 comments:

Michael O'Sullivan said...

Sorry to nit-pick but that is not Claire Bloom in ALEXANDER THE GREAT, but french actress Danielle Darrieux, playing Olympias - Alexander's mother.

Love that orgy scene in SOLOMON & SHEBA, and SODOM AND GOMORRAH had some great moments too, particularly with Anouk Aimee's lesbian queen, Scilla Gabel, Helen of Troy Rosanna Podesta and smouldering Stanley Baker. Its like a nuclear bomb hits them at the end, and of course Pier Angeli as the pillar of salt! Director Robert Aldrich went on to WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE next ...

PEPLUM cinema said...

Mike, thanks for the heads up!

After doing SODOM & GOMORRAH I'm sure Robert Aldrich was happy to do a twisted "kitchen sink" drama like BABY JANE.

orsh549 said...

Gina's dance in SOLOMON & SHEBA is very sexy, and she really did it well.