Tuesday, May 2, 2017
By the Gods!
The famous statue used in this film never actually existed. They never fully erected a complete statue even if in this scene it looks like they did. They built parts of it and filmed it from different angles. This is the only shot in the film when you see what looks like a full scale statue. In this scene, Rory Calhoun walks in the foreground, passing by the statue in the background. It's a clever special effect trick. From what I know, only the legs were actually there. The top of Rory's head passes by just below the upper part. This tells me that the top part was a matte painting or a forced perspective model.