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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Eli Wallach plays The Shah of Khwarezm in GENGHIS KHAN (1965)
Eli passed away this past Tuesday. Eli didn't do many PEPLUM type films. In fact, I think this his only PEPLUM film. And I'm not definitely not a fan of it (I thought it was interminable) so I have to say that Eli's presence in the PEPLUM universe is minimal. Regardless, he was a great 'character' actor in other films. Loved him in almost everything he did even if the movie was terrible. He was unforgettable in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, an 'unofficial PEPLUM film'. RIP, Tuco.
I'll be back soon enough!
I'll be back soon enough!
French actor Jacques Bergerac died on June 15. The handsome actor was mostly known as one of Ginger Rogers' many husbands. He only appeared in one PEPLUM film as far as I know, FURY OF ACHILLES, as Hector. A big role and he was very good in it. He could have easily done more PEPLUM films as his classic good looks perfectly suited the genre. RIP.
Jacques Bergerac, as Hector, and Gordon Mitchell, as Achilles, fight to the death in FURY OF ACHILLES
Jacques, along with Ginger Rogers, visits the set of HELEN OF TROY
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alfio Caltabiano swings into action in COLOSSUS OF RHODES
Alfio is one impressive actor/stuntman. He was often cast as a villain which was just fine since his grovelling face, height and determined stride was always intimidating. Alfio plays a good guy in this film.
An interactive visuel representation of all of Zeus' affairs. It's amazing how the chart lays down every detail and every offspring. Hercules is second to last 'affair' on the circular ligne. I added the red arrow to indicate where Zeus is. Zeus was father to both Perseus and Hercules but Perseus came first. And Hercules' grandfathers are sons of Perseus, which this chart doesn't show. It's pretty twisted when you think about it : Alcmene was the mother of Hercules (with Zeus the father) and Perseus was Alcmene's great-great-great-grandfather, which makes Zeus her great-great-great-greatgrandfather or something like that (see Perseus' offsprings below). It's missing all these juicy details but it's still cool.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Another PEPLUM blog internet first!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
What's a PEPLUM film without the prerequisite bathing beauties scene?
This film came out the same year as STAR WARS and many made fun of it for being so 'backwards' compared to the more 'advanced' sic-fi film but all in all I think this film holds pretty well or plays better on the small screen. It has major liabilities : too many scenes filmed on location with stand-ins and the story needed to be more compelling, but as a 'quest' film I like it. It fits all the requirements. Fun film.
Steve Reeves, still in costume, walks to or from the set of one of the HERCULES films.
(a real behind the scenes shot...ah!)
(a real behind the scenes shot...ah!)
Monday, June 23, 2014
Kalervo Nissilä is the handsome hero in THE MAN OF 100 SWORDS (Sadan Miekan Mies, 1951)
This is a solid Finnish Swashbuckler with good production values and great sword fights. Kalervo Nissilä is one expressive actor.
Thanks to Boris for finding the title.
(This is a screenshot of a mysterious Finnish swashbuckler I have in my collection and I have no further info on it. The film doesn't have any opening or closing credits. There are no English subs. It does have a inter-title at the beginning explaining what it's about and it 's about Gustav II Adolf. That's all I know about it. If anyone has any info on this film please let me know)
Spanish poster for SLAVE OF CARTHAGE or more known as THE SWORD AND THE CROSS.
Nice poster of a rare PEPLUM.
I uploaded this exclusive Fan Dub version of THE GIANTS OF THESSALY starring Roland Carey, Massimo Girotti and a host of other PEPLUM actors. Directed by Ricardo Freda.
This fan dub is exclusive to this channel and cannot be duplicated elsewhere.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Raquel Welch is captured by a pterodactyl and is about to be fed to baby chicks in ONE MILLION YEARS BC
Hang in there, Raquel!
Back on Monday!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This is a mini-BRENNUS festival today!
A fun moment in an otherwise serious PEPLUM film. The men wear such short tunics that nothing is left to the imagination. In fact, this film contains more 'mooning' scenes than any other PEPLUM films. It's amazing that this wasn't seen as bad back in the day but today many people would complain. This is one of those films I can watch over and over again without getting bored with it. Top notch PEPLUM.
From Wikipedia: When Brennus attacked Rome, Marcus Manlius Capitolinus was alerted to the Gallic attack by the sacred geese of Juno.
This illustration is part of some ad campaign for Liebig meats (viande Liebig), which showcased other famous moments of history.
This moment was portrayed twice in PEPLUM films, including BRENNUS - ENEMY OF ROME and REVENGE OF THE BARBARIANS.
On the left is the likeness of Brennus (Wikipedia), 4th century BC despot who sacked Rome; on the right is Gordon Mitchell as Brennus in BRENNUS - ENEMY OF ROME. It was well know that the original Brennus had a big moustache and long hair, like most northern Barbarians. Mitchell certainly looks mean and intimidating enough to play Brennus but he doesn't look like the actual Brennus, too clean cut.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
If only it was so easy to destroy a city. But then even if it existed one would have to find a man strong enough, like Hercules, to make it work. Ah!
For some strange reason, the beautiful Gloria Milland (née Mara Fiè) played roles with a tendency of stabbing men, whether they're suitors or villains. The scene above is from GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS, where Gloria is about to stab Goliath (Brad Harris). Here are a few examples.
Love Gloria, knives or no knives.
FURY OF ACHILLES (with Gordon Mitchell; you can view the clip here)
HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS (with Ken Clark)
CHALLENGE OF THE GLADIATOR
And then there's...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
A 'cast of thousands' scene from LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
The first third of this film is quite serious and spectacular, almost documentary like in its soberness as it showcases, in grand details, how people lived back then and at the 40 minute mark Joan Collins shows up and it becomes campy. The tone of the film changes drastically. Director Howard Hawks disowned the film which flopped at the box office. It's not even remotely bad to the point of wanting to forget it but the film's direction is a bit confused and it's not difficult to understand why he regretted making the film.
I love these newspaper ads from around the world. These titles are totally original and odd at the same time. What is LOS TRES INVENCIBLES? Well it's the Spanish title for GOLIATH & THE SINS OF BABYLON. Why 3 Invincibles? I dunno. Above is SAMSON & THE 7 MIRACLES OF THE WORLD.
As for Alberto, well the polyvalent actor was often cast as bad guys and he's pretty effective in this film. Alberto can do no wrong even when he's bad. His death, one of the most brutal in any PEPLUM film, is quite memorable.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Duncan Regehr as Lydon the Gladiator in THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1984) mini series
A very 1980s looking gladiator. Duncan is a Canadian actor so I probably should include him in the list of Canuck PEPLUM actors.
French poster for the silent version of THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
The film is considered lost which is ashamed but at least the posters are still with us. The chariot race pictured here is considered very spectacular.
I uploaded this three-way wrestling match from TERROR OF THE STEPPES starring the always dependable Kirk Morris.
Very good match.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The two men actually look like brothers here, which is not always the case in the actual film. Certainly thanks to their arms and legs. The two strongmen always seemed to compete with each other over who had the smallest waistline. The David Beckhams of Antiquity!
Back on Monday!
This article on VULCAN - SON OF JUPITER might have been part of a pressbook but it was reprinted in a magazine back in the day.