Thursday, September 21, 2023


Caesar (Cameron Mitchell) dictates a letter to his scribes in CAESAR THE CONQUEROR (1962)

Probably Mitchell's most nuanced performance in a PEPLUM movie. Was he miscast as Julius Caesar? Maybe a bit but he's so relaxed in his role that his appearance is not an issue. Mitchell made a lot of PEPLUM movies. Few regard this when one thinks of his (uneven) career as an actor. I like this film. The only complaint I have is, like so many other PEPLUM movies, including one starring Mitchell, the actor's involvement in the story is almost negligible by the end of the movie. It's the same thing with Mitchell's other production, MASSACRE IN A BLACK FOREST (1967). Mitchell completely disappears by the end and a stand-in takes his place. It's one of those odd things in Italian moviemaking. 

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