Friday, May 8, 2020

By the Gods!

Mylène Demongeot and Steve Reeves in the conclusion of THE GIANT OF MARATHON (1959)

Don't get me wrong, I like this movie. It's one of Steve's top movies. But it does have a fair share of liabilities. Not big ones but more like pet-peeves for me. In this scene, after battling everyone and killing the villain, Steve's hair is perfectly coiffed. In contrast, Mylene's hair looks appropriately disheveled. Yes, details like this irk me. Also, and this is just my opinion, but Steve looks very tired in this movie. He worked non-stop after the success of HERCULES (1958) and it's sorta showed on his face.

Steve made five movies after HERCULES: HERCULES UNCHAINED, THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII, GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS, THE WHITE WARRIOR, and this one. They were all made or released in Italy in 1959.  So, all these movies were green-lighted even before HERCULES hit theatres in the US (Summer 1959). He became the highest paid actor in Europe for a while. There was obviously a buzz about him even before he became known in the US as Hercules.

Now I don't want to start any rumours, but from what I've read Mylene and Steve didn't get along.

1 comment:

Salgister said...

Sorry, I don't know if I misunderstood or misinterpreted your statement, but you forgot to mention Romulus and Remus. Sorry again if I'm mistaken.