Monday, April 1, 2019

By the Gods!

Semiramis (Yvonne Furneaux) inspects a model of Babylon in SLAVE QUEEN OF BABYLON (1963)

I always like these scenes. Emperors, Kings and Queens overseeing the building of a new society. But I always wonder:

Did they really do this back in Antiquity?

What material did they use to build these models?

Babylon was sprawling society and this model hardly covers much of it.

The Queen's handmaiden (Anna Maria Ubaldi) tries to console the grieving Semiramis, who is impatient with the pace of the project but also because the man she once loved is gone. The model of Babylon is used as background setting.


Tim Mayer said...

I love the opening dance number in this movie. Always a plus for these kind of films, very good dance scenes.

Brrrodie the Westie said...

Thanks for posting, and let us not forget the greatest urban model of them all ... ancient city of Rome in its heyday, on display at the Museo della Civiltà Romana (Museum of Roman Civilization) in Rome and appearing in many Peplum movies ... backdrop to opening credits in GLADIATOR OF ROME and in some Hercsters as a slow-pan establishing shot as the story moves to R O M E

The museum's colonnade and plaza themselves appears in more Pepla than I can count ...