Sunday, October 21, 2012

Photo of the Day

Simon the Magician (Jack Palance) thinks he can fly in THE SILVER CHALICE

I love the look of the film but I'm in the minority even though I can see why some might not like it: it is stagey...but deliberately so, so the film is not the disaster everyone thinks it is. It's just stylised differently. But almost everyone hated it, including Paul Newman, with this being Newman's first starring role. Jack's "sperm" red unitard is something else.


Michael O'Sullivan said...

I saw this when I was a kid and of course it impressed me hugely - Simon the magician thinking he could fly was terrific and Virigina Mayo with that odd eye-make up. Its an interesting biblical with very stylised sets. Newman though just doesn't look right in this setting, no wonder he hated it. 1954 was a great year for biblicals and costume movies.

PEPLUM cinema said...

Virginia Mayo's eye make-up is something else. Virginia and Jack hated each other during this production.