Monday, June 25, 2018

By the Gods!

Gianna Maria Canale in CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT (1960)

Gianna gets top billing even if her role is nothing more than a cameo. There's a big scene that was cut from the US print but even with this missing scene, her scenes were probably filmed in a couple of days. When people critique the PEPLUM genre as being low budget cheapies, I always disagree with them. But in this case, they're right. This was a very low budget production. My opinion on this is sorta ambivalent. There's no going around the film's low budget and its obvious limitations. And some of the direction is odd but I still like it because it follows the typical PEPLUM template. I did a Fan Dub of this and uploaded to PEPLUM TV.

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