Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus in KING OF KINGS
Jeffrey was a PEPLUM star with several genre films to his credit, including this big budgeted production some have called "I was a Teenage Jesus." A recent research came out earlier this year stating that Jesus was most likely not a good looking man. What bizarre research. Anyway, even though I find this film needlessly episodic, I think Jeffrey was underrated as an actor and this film showed he could carry an entire film.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Bella Cortez and Liana Orfei in THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS
It's Bella's birthday today so happy birthday! She's 73.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Kirk Morris, as Hercules, meets Luciana Gilli amongst the camels in CONQUEROR OF ATLANTIS
Film starts as a Hercules film set in the desert and then becomes a sci-fi fantasy film once they arrive in Atlantis. Kirk wear a typical Hercules mini-tunic at first before wearing trousers for the rest of the film. This was Luciana's last PEPLUM film. It tried to be different. It was made during the twilight of the PEPLUM genre, when nothing could save it.
Italian poster of TEMPLE OF WHITE ELEPHANT
Sandok is played by Mimmo Palmara. No resemblance in the colourful artwork here.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gabriele Ferzetti, as Fabius Maximus, along with Terrence Hill (aka Mario Girotti) and Rita Gam in HANNIBAL
Gabriele died on December 2. He was 90 years old. Gabriele was *the* solid actor in HANNIBAL, keeping it from derailing into risible junk. He's best known to have starred in Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA. Though a big star in Italy, Gabriele made only a handful of PEPLUM films.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Samson (Victor Mature) spies on Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) combing her hair in SAMSON & DELILAH
Hair is very important to this story.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wandisa Guida and Burt Nelson in REVENGE OF THE CONQUERED (aka Drakut)
Beautifully shot film with a sorta poor script with a great PEPLUM genre cast. Both Wandisa and Burt had already worked together in REVOLT OF THE SLAVES. Wandisa had a prominent role while Burt was support. In this film, Burt has the lead role, his only film as lead. Wandisa was lead female role in many PEPLUM productions. I've made a Fan Dub version of this.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Ameeta and Dara Singh as Samson in SAMSON (1964)
A match made in heaven? Bollywood meets Italian PEPLUM! All the typical clichés from the genre plus dance numbers! Dara made several PEPLUM-inspired films, including a Hercules flick.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Mark Damon and Joyce Taylor in BEAUTY & THE BEAST (1962)
Not the classic story per se. More of a re-working with Damon changing into a werewolf at night. I didn't watch it all the way through. Looks okay but, hmm, cheesy. Damon became a film producer. Acting wasn't really his calling but he was good in a couple of films, including SON OF CLEOPATRA. I'm not familiar with Joyce Taylor's career, which was mostly television.