Wednesday, March 14, 2018

By the Gods!

Alan Steel (aka Sergio Ciani) as Hercules showing off his 'might' in SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE (1964)

Hercules is pulling a sunken ship out of the ocean. Since this is a spoof, very little drama or tension exists. As a spoof, it's a hit or miss but the makers of this movie knew all the standard PEPLUM clichés which, IMO, makes it fun to watch. This entire scene, o Hercules getting the sunken ship, is a bit overlong and it could have been done in a more rapid and humorous way. The movie itself is not perfect but it's fun, and it's often the target the derision for those who dislike the PEPLUM genre. In fact, this movie was re-dubbed with ridiculous dialogue and re-released in Australia. Personally, the original version is funnier.

This screenshot sorta encapsulates the difference between Hollywood and Italian cinema, in regards to the display of masculinity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Underrated movie,love it.