Georges Marchal and Anita Ekberg in SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR
A film which suffered from a case of too many cooks. Multiple (soon-to-be famous) directors and (soon-to-be famous) writers and the final result is meh. It looks good and it looks like a PEPLUM should but the story is nothing remarkable. It's a shame because all the ingredients were there, including Marchal and Edberg as a couple. I liked them. They worked well together. I don't view this as a total flop. No. I've watched this film so many times and will continue to watch it because it feeds my craving for all things PEPLUM but I just wished the story and direction were more than meh. Also, the English title doesn't make any sense.
This is one the first films I reviewed years ago. I stopped reviewing films because no one seemed to care. I might start again if I can find some extra time. My review of the film was from viewing a poor quality copy. My estimation of it has somewhat grown with the much better widescreen copies I've got since writing that review (including one in English) but what I think of it is pretty much the same : a to and sometimes dull mess. Here's the page : Featured Film