Thursday, August 31, 2023


Theodora (Gianna Maria Canale) is helped by handmaidens after a bath in THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS (1954)

What's a PEPLUM movie without a bathing scene? This one is quite luxurious with a big crew helping her with her bath. Taking a bath in the past was quite the task for the important people. If there's one star that's passed away and would like to interview it would be Gianna. I'm sure she would have tons of tales to tell. She was dubbed the Queen of Cinecittà. Whether this is fact or not, she was the most prolific actress of the PEPLUM genre. It lasted almost 2 decades but it was quite the career. Like so many other PEPLUM star, she retired early and disappeared from the face of the earth. This movie needs a real HD transfer. I have one in HD but the image is too soft and blurry to be a true HD transfer. It's such an over-the-top production. I love it.


Anonymous said...

She didn't disappear from the face of the earth. She was married to Riccardo Freda.

PEPLUM TV said...

I know she was married to Riccardo Freda. She disappeared from the face of the earth after she retired from acting, regardless of her marriage status. Freda died in 1999 and she lived to 2009 and still no photo or sightings of her. She was so secluded that it took a long time to get any official confirmation of her death.