Friday, January 27, 2017

Retro Friday : ADAM & EVE at the Movies!

(originally posted January 2012)

Erminio Macario and Isa Barzizza in ADAMO ED EVA (1949). 

A 'battle of the sexes' anthology film. ..very odd.

Christiane Martel and Carlos Baena in the Mexican made THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE (1956). Mexicans really love the Adam & Eve story. French actress Christiane became famous in Mexico, decided to live there, married a politician who then banned all of her films from being shown in theatres or on TV including this one.

Above & below :  Mamie Van Doren as Eve (!!!) and Martin Milner as Adam in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ADAM AND EVE. Clearly a serious in-depth portrayal. Arf.

Michael Parks and Ulla Bergryd in THE BIBLE: In The Beginning...

Above & below : Definitely more serious that the Mamie version but still not really profound except for the creation of Adam scene.

And for the piece de resistance ultra beefy Jorge Rivero and one-hit-wonder Candy Wilson in the Mexican made THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE (1969). I recently played this film on PEPLUM TV and got the BEST ratings the channel ever had. It's pure eye candy re: Jorge and Candy but with big plastic flowers and the actors walking backwards or holding sheep to avoid full frontal nudity, it's entertaining because of the display of flesh but also because it's unintentionally funny from beginning to end.

Mark Gregory and Andrea Goldman in ADAM & EVE VS THE CANNIBALS. A truly oddball version of the famous Biblical story. A combo of THE BLUE LAGOON and your typical trashy Italian cannibal film.


Scott Ochiltree said...

The banning of Christiane Martel's movies in Mexico (including THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE) by her husband/politician is somewhat reminiscent of what happened to the prints of Hedy Lamarr's ECSTACY.

Hedy appeared nude in ECSTACY, thereby causing a global sensation and causing the film to be banned in the US (the nude scenes are very tame by contemporary standards).

She subsequently married a very wealthy pro-Fascist Austrian arms manufacturer, who attempted to buy all the prints of ECSTACY. However, he could not acquire all of them.

Richard Svensson said...

I'm just flabbergasted that they've managed to drag out this part of the Bible to fill feature-length movies.