Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ennio De Concini: Grandfather of the PEPLUM genre?

If you watch a lot of PEPLUM films like I do you sorta start seeing a pattern or style which is present in most films of the genre even though the films had different actors and/or directors. What's the underlying thread which binds all of these films together which created the PEPLUM genre? Well one has to look no further than screenwriter Ennio De Concini who wrote, co-wrote and provided stories for nearly all of the major films of the era. Below is just part of the 168 titles he worked on. It's quite an achievement.

1985 Quo Vadis? mini-series

1962 Arrivano i titani (adaptation and screenplay) - MY SON THE HERO

1962 Marco Polo

1962 Maciste all'inferno - MACISTE IN HELL

1961 Madame Sans-Gêne

1961 Costantino il grande - CONSTANTINE & THE CROSS

1961 Romolo e Remo - DUEL OF THE TITANS

1961 Orazi e Curiazi (screenplay) - DUEL OF CHAMPIONS

1961 Il colosso di Rodi - THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

1960 I giganti della Tessaglia (screenplay) - THE GIANTS OF THESSALY

1960 Maciste nella valle dei re (story and screenplay) - SON OF SAMSON

1960 Esther and the King (uncredited)

1960 Colossus and the Amazons - COLOSSUS & THE AMAZON QUEEN

1960 Saffo, venere di Lesbo - SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS

1960 La vendetta di Ercole (uncredited) - GOLIATH & THE DRAGON

1960 La maschera del demonio (screenplay) - BLACK SUNDAY

1960 L'assedio di Siracusa (screenplay) - SIEGE OF SYRACUSE

1960 Messalina Venere imperatrice (screenplay / story) - MESSALINA

1960 Cartagine in fiamme - CARTHAGE IN FLAMES

1959 La battaglia di Maratona (writer) - THE GIANT OF MARATHON

1959 Le legioni di Cleopatra (screenplay / story) - LEGIONS OF THE NILE

1959 Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (writer) - THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII

1959 Ercole e la regina di Lidia (screenplay) - HERCULES UNCHAINED

1958 La rivolta dei gladiatori (writer) - THE WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL

1958 Le fatiche di Ercole (co-writer) - HERCULES

1956 Roland the Mighty

1956 War and Peace (screenplay)

1954 La cortigiana di Babilonia - QUEEN OF BABYLON

1954 Attila

1954 Ulisse (screenplay) ULYSSES

1953 Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair (screenplay)

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