Friday, September 16, 2016

By the Gods!

Lex Johnson inspects his new wife (Tere Velázquez) in THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN

A rare PEPLUM film from Mexico. Today, would it be possible to show this film anywhere? Though there's nothing graphic about it the concept of men kidnapping (and subsequently raping) women and it ends happily ever after for all would be politically incorrect. It's interesting to compare this film with the European one starring Roger Moore. Lex Johnson's acting career went nowhere even if he looked like he belong in PEPLUM films. As for Tere, she looked like a soap star. A real curio.


Scott Ochiltree said...

This legend is of course a major theme of western art, with a famous example by Rubens (now in London's National Gallery).

Nicholas Poussin produced two major treatments of the subject. One is in New York's Met and the other is in the Louvre in Paris.

The 1961 Roger Moore move had its title toned down from the Italian original to ROMULUS AND THE SABINE WOMEN.

Anonymous said...

The 1954 musical SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS has a theme loosely based on the Sabine legend.