Thursday, June 28, 2018

By the Gods!

Claudius (Barry Jones), Demetrius (Victor Mature) and Messalina (Susan Hayward) in a ménage-à-trois of sorts in DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS (1954)

Claudius and Messalina barely had a relationship going on so it wasn't surprising that Demetrius began an affair with Messalina but I always thought this sudden change in Demetrius' character to be a bit odd. Messalina is meant to show his downfall but there should have been more drama between them to make him want to go through all the trouble. More sparks. Still, a highly enjoyable PEPLUM. In fact, one of the best made in Hollywood. A real PEPLUM through and through.

1 comment:

orsh549 said...

Great Spectacle with a cast of outstanding lead and character actors. The Gladiators scenes were very well staged and all the sets used were top notch. I think that of all the top notch actors one who really stole the movie was Jay Robinson's portrayal of Caligula.