Monday, June 24, 2024


Sylvia Syms and Louis Jourdan, and a bunch of ladies, in AMAZONS OF ROME (1961) 

There's so much to write and say about this movie. It'll try to be brief. According to IMDb, thhree directors were involved with the movie: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Vittorio Cottafavi, Peter O'Cord. This makes sense. It's credited to Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, and he has directed a bunch of PEPLUM movies, including QUEEN OF BABYLON (1954) and HANNIBAL (1959), just to name a few. Carlo was experienced but the movie has definite Vittorio Cottafavi touches. A mix of serious and slapstick. The production is excellent. The cast, location, etc. All tops. I've watched this movie often when it played on a Canadian network called Drive-In Classics. Sylvia died last year. The English title is a bit deceptive as the Italian one translated into English was THE VIRGINS OF ROME. Nothing to do with Amazons. Everything is fine except for Louis Jourdan as a barbarian. He's one of the most suave actors ever. He simply wasn't believable as a barbarian. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree about Louis Jourdan. A barbarian he isn't. Also the hairdo of Sylvia Syms is ridiculously modern. Not my favorite Sword and Sandal movie by a long shot.