Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Orgy/Feast scene from JULIUS CAESAR AGAINST THE PIRATES starring Abbe Lane, Gustavo Rojo, Mario Petri, Piero Lulli. Director Sergio Grieco knew how to do these scenes with vigour.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Vittorio Gassman, as Sahak, is about to kill one of his opponents in BARABBAS
Sahak refuses to kill other men which results in tragedy. Vittorio was the most sympathetic character in this somewhat overblown epic. His character was a bit too Christ-like but every time he was on screen he eclipsed Anthony Quinn.
They're cleaning up and reinforcing the Colosseum for cultural events to be held in and around the historic arena. The cost for the restoration is 25 million Euros.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Nice production and cast but like all Vittorio Cottafavi films the tone of the story shifts from super seriousness to goofy slapstick comedy. Someone wrote in a PEPLUM book that this was one of the best PEPLUM films ever made. Hmm...it's good but definitely not the greatest.
British poster for SON OF SAMSON
In North America it was known as SON OF SAMSON. The original Italian title is MACISTE NELLA VALLE DEI RE or Maciste in the Valley of the Kings.
Friday, November 21, 2014
By the gods!
Torture scene from AVENGER OF THE SEVEN SEAS starring Richard Harrison who's strung up upside down while Roldano Lupi interrogates him. Effective scene.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Chelo Alonso and Livio Lorenzon are partners in crime in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS
That's Arturo Dominici in the background. The two actors were regulars in the genre and often co-starred with each other. Classic PEPLUM film I can watch over and over again.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Lush and colorful medieval MGM production. I enjoy it even if it's missing that spark to make it an all time classic.
This is one of many posters. The film is on Youtube in English. Lotsa Swashbuckling action.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Whipping scene from CONQUEROR OF CORINTH starring Gianna Maria Canale and Geneviève Grad. One of the highlights of the film. Gianna looks great in that colour.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Gino gives great support to this film, which is one of my all time favourite PEPLUM films. Gino Leurini, who plays Solomon's son, is standing behind him. Directed by Pietro Francisci. Though the photo is in colour this film is in black and white.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Theodora (Gianna Maria Canale) is surrounded by spears in THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS
This is a real PEPLUM cliché which I'll profile with more photos one day. The film itself is totally inaccurate vis-à-vis historical facts but who cares since it's such a cool film.
Belgian poster of BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE
Colorful artwork, which back then was enough to sell a movie.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I'll always say this: great production, non existing story. This was Gloria and Brad's first starring role in a PEPLUM film. I have to admit that their relationship in this film makes me giggle. It's hard to describe. One minute she wants to kill him, the next minute she's in love with Goliath, etc. But I love this film even if there's no story and it's a bit goofy.
Back next week!*
*I'm a little under the weather so if I'm not feeling too well by next week you'll know why I won't be posting.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Belinda Lee took a lot of baths in her PEPLUM films!
Steve Reeves has fun with the camera equipment on the set of HERCULES (1958). At one point Steve was one of the most photographed man on earth.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
I never understood why the producers didn't try to sell these films for the English (aka North American) market. They're big, cartoony and not very subtle, like so many films from Hollywood. Aha! The famous French actor is now a Russian. We live in a strange world!
Italian poster of HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS
Great, action packed poster...maybe a bit too cartoony but it's vivid! That snake wants a bit of Herc. There is an issue with the title which is actually the title for the Gordon Scott epic SAMSON & THE 7 MIRACLES OF THE WORLD. I don't know why the title is different here but the rest (cast, crew...) are all from HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS. PEPLUM confusion.