US lobby cards set for REVOLT OF THE SLAVE: I already posted this set years ago but this set is in better quality. Pretty much covers everything from the film except there are no close-ups of Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries and Serge Gainsbourg, which would have made these cards even better.
Soledad Miranda made a couple of PEPLUM films including THE MIGHTY URSUS (1961, above). She was 18 years old when she made that film. By the time she was 27, with over 35 films to her credits, Soledad died in a car accident on a highway in Portugal in 1970. The Spanish actress was becoming a star in Eurocult films such as SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY and VAMPYROS LESBOS. Today she has a fervent cult following amongst fans of that genre.
Some say this production is totally misguided. It is a curio alright (Lois Maxwell is also in it!) but I still enjoy watching it. Sophia's voice was dubbed. The thing that always makes me wonder is why they didn't hire Gina Lollobrigida who can actually sing, as seen here. Gina's singing is simply beautiful.
POMPEII is getting clobbered from all sides: the reviews are pretty brutal and negative. The box office performance in North America has been dismal: a paltry $10 million during its opening weekend for a $100 budgeted production. From the looks of it, the production also looks historically inaccurate as one can see below: he's basically wearing a kilt.
With the failure of this film and the failure of the last HERCULES film with Kellan Lutz it seems the new wave of PEPLUM films are not capturing the audience's imagination.
Continuity goof seen in 7 SLAVES AGAINST ROME: the good guys (Pietro Ceccarelli, Nello Pazzafini, Mario Novelli (behind)) are about to blow the villain away. His clothes don't match in any shot: in the first shot above, the stripped colours are brown and taupe; when we see a shot of him from the front, his clothes are now green and in the last shot when he's blown away, it's now blue and grey. And the actor has a goatee. Considering the super fast editing of this entire moment (I uploaded it at Youtube) it's surprising there weren't more mistakes.
Travis used to be a model for Calvin Klein. The show is can be seen the History Channel and it's apparently a success. I don't have the History Channel so I guess I have to download it from somewhere (just joking). A show on Vikings makes sense as their history is quite colourful but many say this show is mostly historically inaccurate.
Two weeks ago I floated the idea of a Kickstarter campaign for a PEPLUM documentary. Even though the poll was positive the response was a bit underwhelming. I'm working on the pitch right now (for Kickstarter or a production company), which should include a video. Anyway it's not a done deal by any means but BY THE GODS! would be the title. Now don't steal it.
A film called IL FUTURO was released last year; the story is about an actor (Rutger Hauer) who used to appear in PEPLUM films and is now a recluse, living in his mansion a la SUNSET BOULEVARD. Some young criminals (pictured above, watching FURY OF HERCULES) want to rob the former actor. The one girl in the group tries to seduce 'Maciste' and that's the basis of the drama. They use clips from FURY OF HERCULES starring Brad Harris as a young Rutger Hauer. How does one go from Brad to Rutger, who simply do not look alike, is a mystery to me.
It's an Italian/Chilean/German/Spanish co-production.
Redway (Roldano Lupi) listens to what Nike (Marisa Belli) thinks is the best way to get info from David Robinson (Richard Harrison, not picture) in AVENGERS OF THE SEVEN SEAS
I like Marisa in this film, more so than Harrison's love interest, Michèle Mercier. She sports some deep tanner to make her look black or mulatto which some might object to but as long as the character she plays is not a stupid cliché I don't see a problem with it. Her character is underwritten but she's still captures one's attention whenever she's on screen.
I uploaded this compilation of clips of a PEPLUM Cliché I call "The Human Kebab": a hero is so strong that with a single spear he's able to kill several bad guys in one instance or so strong the spear goes through objects to kill. I already uploaded this at my old Youtube channel but I've updated with new clips and re-uploaded to my new PEPLUM TV YT channel.
After killing a lion (left) Georges Marchal, as Asclepio, tries to survive some gladiatorial contest in THE WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1958)
This film is interesting for many reasons. First, it's directed by Vittorio Cottafavi, one of the best directors who worked in the genre. It's fast paced, the action is fluid and everything clicks. Second, the cast is truly amazing: Ettore Manni, Gianna Maria Canale, Marchal, etc. Third, the locations are excellent.
It was made the same year as HERCULES (1958) so it came out at the right time. It's also one of those pre-1960s PEPLUM which sorta changed and became more violent, at times more cartoony. The big liabilities are the editing (it's a bit sloppy) and the peculiar storyline which is difficult to summarize. But it's definitely worth watching, in widescreen.
My one question about this scene: what kind of footwear is Marchal wearing? They're not sandals. Hmm...
US lobby cards set for SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS (aka The Warrior Princess): ok set. The colours are bizarre (typical for Columbia Pictures) and there are two 'artwork' cards but the photos are ok even if the 2nd one is a scene which has apparently been cut in the US version.
An exasperated Seneca (Vittorio De Sica) negotiates his price of loyalty with Nero (Alberto Sordi) in NERO'S BIG WEEKEND (1956)
Gorgeous film, amazing cast, fun film filled with colorful moments. Not an laugh-out-loud comedy but amusing nonetheless. They filmed two endings for this. One of the best pre-HERCULES PEPLUM films. Also known as NERO'S MISTRESS.
New BBC series based on the Alexandre Dumas novel with loads of action, explosions, etc. You'd think that after the tepid box office results of the THE THREE MUSKETEERS movie made in 2011 and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson would have discouraged anyone to adapt that often filmed story again but no. It's looks action packed for sure.
It's in Italian but it's good to see that people are still writing about the genre. Below is the front and back cover. The poster art on the back cover is interesting with some Cinematic Confusion (Maciste with artwork from HERCULES UNCHAINED?). You can see the authors at this link.
Jacques Herlin and Pascale Petit in THE SWEET SINS OF SEXY SUSAN (1967)
A period sex comedy which spawned a couple of films. I've never seen either them. Pascale doesn't play the titular role of Susan but she could have. I wanted to post this picture simply because Pascale is beautiful here.
Here are the results of the Kickstarter poll I posted a week ago: link
Thanks to those who voted yes. 16 is a low number though considering the blog gets between 800 and 1200 visits a day. I'll work on the proposal for the project but I want to make sure there's some real support behind it before green-lighting it.
PEPLUM films were surprisingly inclusive when it came to black actors. They might have had roles as slaves or handmaidens but they were often more visible than in Hollywood films. Here's a list of female actors in genre films. I'll post on black male actors sometimes soon.
Above and Below: Dolores Francine in REVOLT OF THE SLAVES who had one of the biggest roles for a black woman in PEPLA. Below: Serge Gainsbourg with Dolores.
Janine Hendy in MACISTE VS THE MOLE MEN; Janine had major roles in several PEPLUM films, including the THOR/TAUR films with Joe Robinson. Janine also danced in a couple of PEPs.
Gloria Hendy as Tulac in MACISTE VS THE MOLE MEN
Edith Peters in CARTHAGE IN FLAMMES; Edith also appeared in other titles including FURY OF ACHILLES and the completely crazy ROBIN HOOD AND THE PIRATES in which she dances and sings. Loopy fun film.
Pam Grier in THE ARENA
Beryl Cunningham (right) is a slave for sale in ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE
A dancer from HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN; the only female dancer credited at IMDb is Audrey Anderson so I assume that's her name.
The following are dancers and slaves played by unidentified actresses:
Dancer from ALONE AGAINST ROME. She's also in another film which eludes me right now. She had a very distinctive body.