Monday, October 22, 2012

Photo of the Day

Jason (Fabrizio Mioni) returns to Jolco to reclaim his throne, with the help of Hercules (Steve Reeves), in HERCULES (1958)

I like this scene. It's something that few ever mention anywhere but the entire "single sandal" prophecy is handled brilliantly in this film. It's basically a mini narrative within the main narrative, with the help of the sound effect every time the prophecy is hinted at, which culminates with this scene. The script has a couple of "narratives within the main narrative" moments, including the memorable flashback at the beginning, and these mini narratives elevate this film above most PEPLUM epics and it's one of the reasons why I like it so much. The script, written by director Pietro Francisci, is actually quite clever.

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