Thursday, July 25, 2013

30 Greatest Moments of PEPLUM Cinema: #2 - 'Feat of Strength' from GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS

Counting down the top five greatest MOMENTS and this scene stands at #2 on the list.

Made directly after HERCULES, this 'Feat of Strength' moment from GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS is basically the first of its kind and is one of the most influential scenes in the PEPLUM genre. Before this there were no movies with such vivid show-stopping display of muscle put to the test for minutes on end. There were 'millstone' scenes in CABIRIA and SAMSON & DELILAH and the 'bringing down the temple' scenes in SAMSON & DELILAH and HERCULES but never a moment where the hero's will to live relied totally on his physical strength.

After the success of HERCULES, producers of this film were wise enough to realize the greatest selling point of HERCULES was Steve Reeves' physique and so they took it a step further with this moment. After this film every PEPLUM film with a muscleman had to have one of these prolonged scenes, including the many on this Greatest list. The story took a pause in order to make way for these moments which were big crowd pleasers akin to the musclemen doing feats of strength at carnivals or circuses. It was also a perfect excuse to display Steve Reeves' amazing physique in all its glory.

With Steve Reeves, Chelo Alonso and all. Directed by Carlo Campogalliani.

1 comment:

gpm said...

If it wasn't clear enough, this is what I was predicting as #1 the other day.