Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Black actresses in PEPLUM films

PEPLUM films were surprisingly inclusive when it came to black actors. They might have had roles as slaves or handmaidens but they were often more visible than in Hollywood films. Here's a list of female actors in genre films. I'll post on black male actors sometimes soon.

Above and Below: Dolores Francine in REVOLT OF THE SLAVES who had one of the biggest roles for a black woman in PEPLA. Below: Serge Gainsbourg with Dolores.

Janine Hendy in MACISTE VS THE MOLE MEN; Janine had major roles in several PEPLUM films, including the THOR/TAUR films with Joe Robinson. Janine also danced in a couple of PEPs.

Gloria Hendy as Tulac in MACISTE VS THE MOLE MEN

Edith Peters in CARTHAGE IN FLAMMES; Edith also appeared in other titles including FURY OF ACHILLES and the completely crazy ROBIN HOOD AND THE PIRATES in which she dances and sings. Loopy fun film.

Pam Grier in THE ARENA

Beryl Cunningham (right) is a slave for sale in ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE

A dancer from HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN; the only female dancer credited at IMDb is Audrey Anderson so I assume that's her name.

The following are dancers and slaves played by unidentified actresses:

Dancer from ALONE AGAINST ROME. She's also in another film which eludes me right now. She had a very distinctive body.

Dancer from THE LAST ROMAN


1 comment:

Mr. Banstead said...

Just in time for Black History month.
Thanks for shedding light on the involvement by black actresses with the Peplum genre.
Great job!