Monday, July 1, 2013

30 Greatest Moments of PEPLUM Cinema: #20 - 'The Race' from THE QUEEN OF SHEBA

This scene stands at #20 on the list.

This "Race with 3 targets" from THE QUEEN OF SHEBA seems like a simple scene but it perfectly showcases director Pietro Francisci's amazing eye for action which would eventually serve him well 6 years later with HERCULES. The scene is wonderfully composed and edited, like the rest of the entire film. It's a beautifully created adventure. QUEEN OF SHEBA was the template on which all other Italian/Euro action-inspired PEPLUM films were based upon. The massive success of HERCULES solidified it. Structurally speaking, this is where the genre, which we would know eventually know it as, all started.


Steven Lester said...

The trumpets were perfect for the scene, and talk about an alpha woman. You would not want to cross her at any time.

Brrrodie the Westie said...

I can't watch this film without my eyes being plastered to Leonora Ruffo the entire time. She is an exquisitely beautiful tigress and dominates every scene she's in. Whatta gal!