Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Clip of the week: APHRODITE - GODDESS OF LOVE (1958)

Diala (Irene Tunc) catches the eye of many people, including Anthony Steffen and Ivo Garrani. With Isabelle Corey.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

SPFX DEPT.


Scenes from HEROD THE GREAT (1959) 

This movie has multiple excellent matte paintings. Here are two of them. The quality of this movie is tops (actors, sets, costumes, etc) so it's no wonder the effects were also very good. Exterior or interior (bottom), the work is almost flawless regardless of setting. These shots give the movie quite the epic feel to it.



Then & Now: Harry Hamlin


 Harry in CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981); A recent photo of the actor

Monday, June 10, 2024

Musings!


Taina Elg and other women dance to summon/in honour of Dionysus in THE BACCHANTES (1961)

I like this film even though most PEPLUM fans who watch these movies for muscular action aren't much fans of it. I like it because it's one of the few PEPLUM movies which shows the relationship between Greek gods and mortals. Taina is quite good, in the acting department and the dancing one as well. I like this so much I was the first to make a Fan Dub of it from a very poor copy with the English audio (that was out of sync with the film) and re-edited with a nice print from Europe. The English audio is everywhere now but it all came from that one source. Is the movie perfect? No. It does have quite a few odd eccentricities but they don't bother me since the whole of the movie is so good. I hope to see it one day in HD and in English.

PEPLUM Movie Poster


British poster of BRENNUS - ENEMY OF ROME (1963) 

How did the British release change the movies title to SPARTANS is one major Cinematic Confusion. The original story has nothing to do with Spartans.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Image of the week!


Evil Ljuba (Maria Grazia Spina) has a change of heart after being wounded to inform bound Hercules (Mark Forest) of everything while he's been in chains in HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS (1963)

Lobby Cards Set: CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981)


German lobby cards set of CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) starring Harry Hamlin and many actors. Fantastic set. Gorgeous pictures. Excellent choices. A beautiful visual summation of the movie.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Musings!


Kirk Morris in COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS (1963) 

Is this movie great art? Not really but I like it. It's very entertaining. Morris has very little dialogue in this. He's primarily an action star so dialogue is secondary. He's excellent in scenes which demand his physical abilities. Scenes from this movie were re-used in another movie also starring Kirk, MACISTE - AVENGER OF THE MAYANS (1965). It's odd to watch. They would make a fun and weird double feature. 

Behind-the-Scenes


 Charlton Heston, in costume, on a vespa while on the set of BEN-HUR (1959)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Clip of the week: THE SPARTAN GLADIATORS (1964)

No subtitles needed. Starring Tony Russel and a host of Italian actors too numerous to mention. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

HD Alert!


Scenes from 79 AD: THE DESTRUCTION OF HERCULANEUM (1962)

There's a new German Blu-ray of this movie available on June 14 (it used to be May 31). These screenshots are not from the BD. I have yet to buy it but I will since this is one of the best looking PEPLIM movie. This scene alone, a gladiatorial event on a lake of fire, is worth to see alone. I will report on it once I get the BD. 



Brad Harris

 

Jacques Berthier and Mara Lane



Vintage Article


An old article on the business of bodybuilding and how it can lead to acting, like Mark Forest (aka Lou Degni) who retired as a rich actor. The image of Mark is from GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON (1960).

Monday, June 3, 2024

Musings!


Rhonda Fleming and Dolores Francine in REVOLT OF THE SLAVES (1960) 

Rhonda plays a wealthy daughter of rich and powerful man who, with the many twists and turns of events of the story, ends up in prison with her handmaiden. This a fun, action packed movie few people remember. Many critics dismissed the movie as a lesser version of FABIOLA (1949 ) and even though the movies are based on the same source material and the similarities are obvious (Rhonda's character is called Fabiola. And there's Sebastien...), the two movies are completely different in tone and style. I don't see them as the same. I like both of them and the PEPLUM genre is big enough for both. I like Rhonda's role. It's interesting to see such a flawed character be one of the 'good guys.' As for Dolores, she only made a handful of movies, two of which are of the PEPLUM genre. Recommended.

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French poster URSUS - THE REBEL GLADIATOR (1962) 

Very nice poster. Nice colours. The title translates as URSUS THE REBEL.