Monday, July 12, 2021

By the Gods!

 Samson (Alan Steel) in action in SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN (1963) 

One of the fun aspects of the PEPLUM genre is watching actors doing their own stunts and physical feats without the need of stuntmen. This scene is a great example. It's all performative of course but it's cool. The 'realism' of these scenes often offset some of the lesser realistic aspects of the genre. Alan was in fine form in this fun movie directed by the always reliable Umberto Lenzi. In the original Italian version, Steel was Maciste not Samson.

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