Sunday, March 24, 2019

By the Gods!

Steve Reeves, as Randus, and Enzo Fiermonte in SON OF SPARTACUS (aka The Slave; 1962)

This is the scene when Randus learns he might be the son of Spartacus. Though I like this film, there are a couple of underwhelming scenes in it, including the ending, and this one. Fiermonte's characters explains to him the origin of Randus' amulet (below). It's told in a casual way. It's not too dramatic since it takes some time for Randus to realize the truth but this scene is too undramatic. Sergio Corbucci's direction or vision was sorta lacking here. It needed some 'oomph' certainly when one considers that the long lost son of Spartacus, a man who fought against and was persecuted by the Roman army, ended up as a Roman tribune. Quite the irony. Reeves is always up to the challenge of his roles. He never appears overwhelmed by the hefty task of shouldering another epic film. One has to recognize that. Fiermonte appeared in many other films of the PEPLUM genre, including a reoccurring role in the TEN GLADIATORS series.

The amulet that leads to the discovery that Randus is the son of Spartacus


Scott Ochiltree said...

This is a first class Peplum - one of Steve's best films.

As usual Gianna makes a first class villainess.

Anonymous said...

I agree. First class all the way. Thankfully it was given a decent release by MGM. I remember seeing it in the cinema and how impressive it was on the big screen.