Friday, September 18, 2020

By the Gods!

Gordon Mitchell, Pietro Pietro Marascalchi, Pietro Ceccarelli, and Alfio Caltabiano in SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD (1964; Gli schiavi più forti del mondo)

One of those Michele Lupo movies with big close ups of actors' faces. The crowded cast is only partial here. The movie focused a lot on Pietro Marascalchi who, remarkably enough, is not even listed for this movie at IMDb. It's been like that for years. The fight between Gordon Mitchell and Pietro is one of the most extended and frankly over-the-top ever filmed, bordering in the absurd. No bruises on their faces after the fight. Anyway, Pietro was a professional wrestler and it shows in his action scenes. Pietro also played Moloch in HERCULES AGAINST MOLOCH (1963). Like so many PEPLUM stars, Pietro disappeared from the face of the earth, never to be seen again. The movie's stunt coordination was executed by Alfio. This was one of his most extended roles. He often played villains and in this movie he's a good guy.

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