Friday, February 7, 2014

Photo of the Day

After killing a lion (left) Georges Marchal, as Asclepio, tries to survive some gladiatorial contest in THE WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1958)

This film is interesting for many reasons. First, it's directed by Vittorio Cottafavi, one of the best directors who worked in the genre. It's fast paced, the action is fluid and everything clicks. Second, the cast is truly amazing: Ettore Manni, Gianna Maria Canale, Marchal, etc. Third, the locations are excellent.

It was made the same year as HERCULES (1958) so it came out at the right time. It's also one of those pre-1960s PEPLUM which sorta changed and became more violent, at times more cartoony. The big liabilities are the editing (it's a bit sloppy) and the peculiar storyline which is difficult to summarize. But it's definitely worth watching, in widescreen.

My one question about this scene: what kind of footwear is Marchal wearing? They're not sandals. Hmm...

Back on Monday!

1 comment:

Richard Svensson said...

That footwear kind of looks like Viking shoes.