Tuesday, October 23, 2018

By the Gods!

Maciste (Kirk Morris) thwarts guards with a pole in TRIUMPH OF MACISTE (1961)

In this scene, Maciste causes an accident (left hand side of screen) by grabbing the heavy pole, which he tries to take care of immediately after but is then surrounded by even more guards with spears. This is one rare scenes in which we see the Hero recklessly causing a mishap by trying to overcome baddies by using whatever object around him as a weapon but backfiring badly on him. I wish there were more scenes like this in PEPLUM movies, where Heroes are sometimes a source of problem on innocent bystanders because of his desire to do good with his powerful strength. It makes the film look less cartoonish. It grounds the Hero. A true classic PEPLUM!

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