Thursday, October 6, 2016

By the Gods!

Vincent Price, as Benakon, tries to overthrow Nefertiti (Jeanne Crain) in NEFERTITI - QUEEN OF THE NILE

Good film. A tad slow and uneventful but since it's more of a Romance story set in Ancient Egypt I'm fine with that. Vincent starred in a couple of PEPLUM productions, major and minor, like the spectacular THE TEN COMMANDMENTS or the tacky SON OF SINBAD. He was a pro with these kind of stories. As for Jeanne, this was her first film of the genre. She would star in a couple of other films made in Europe before retiring from acting in the early 1970s. I love PEPLUM films set in Egypt and this one satisfies my cravings. In fact, I did a Fan Dub of this.

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...

I favor Peplum films set in Ancient Greece, Rome, or Arabia ("sword and sand" flicks). Movies set in Ptolemaic Egypt are also good (they almost always involved Cleopatra).

However, the culture of Pharaonic Egypt is just too remote for my taste. Pyramids, mummies, and gods with human bodies and animal heads simply do no appeal to me.

De Mille's THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is indeed a masterpiece, unlike THE EGYPTIAN or LAND OF THE PHARAOHS. THE MUMMY (1932) is also first class, but of course it is set in then contemporary Egypt.