Tuesday, February 21, 2023


Ulysses (Kirk Douglas) brings wine to Polyphemus (Umbero Silvestri) in ULYSSES (1954)

Having giants with actors is always difficult to recreate certainly when special effects were limited but the movie was directed in such a subtle way that it didn't seem like they were special effects. There weren't many scenes with Polyphemus and the crew of the ship together and the scene below is most likely a screen projection with Douglas walking up to the screen, bringing wine. The scene is obviously very dark as not to how to many discrepancies. And in the scene above, the legs are full scale practical effects.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure the crew is called the Argonauts in this film as they are associated with Jason (ie. Jason and the Argonauts). Here they should simply be called the crew of Ulysses, according to Homer's Odyssey.

This was the very first film I ever saw on the big screen as a small child and I was hooked on all things peplum thereafter ! What also stands out for me are those mesmerising, dreamlike scenes with Silvana Mangano in her dual role of Penelope/Circe.

PEPLUM TV said...

You're correct. Ulysses' shipmates were not Argonauts.