Monday, September 2, 2019

By the Gods!

Samson (Nadir Moretti) and Delilah (Moira Orfei) discuss matters in SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE (1964)

That's Carlo Tamberlani in the background. This comedy was re-dubbed and released with additional scenes in a spoof in the 1980s. I never really understood why they spoofed this one since this movie is already a spoof of PEPLUM movies. There are a couple of weak bits here and there but overall I like it. Moira looks great here. Her part is more than a cameo but her screen time is not extensive. She died 4 years ago. Nadir, who was a bodybuilder, shows off his abs, which were rare in bodybuilders back then. Samson's long hair is somewhat braided and the whole look, surprisingly, works. Nadir appeared in many PEPLUM movies and even in Fellini's JULIET OF THE SPIRIT (1965). I wonder what happened to him.


TC said...

So, Moira played Delilah in this movie, and Liana played Delilah in Hercules, Samson, & Ulysses.

I always have a hard time keeping it straight which Orfei was in which movie.

Richard Svensson said...

I know Nadir did 11 movies, or so, with quite diverse themes. Like everybody else he did a western, and also had the lead in a Zorro movie. I guess he's the lead in Samson and the Mighty Challenge as well. It seems he was at one time considered leading man material. Maybe he just got fed up with the movie business?