Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Clip of the week: THE CENTURION (Conqueror of Corinth; 1961)

Jacques Sernas escapes from prison!



New PEPLUM Art

New feature here at the blog. PEPLUM inspired art. 

With a few prompts, new PEPLUM art by AI. 




THE LION OF CORINTH

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

SPFX DEPT.


Scenes from THE SEVEN REVENGES (1960)

It's telling how good the special effects are when one is not too sure if it's effects or real stuff. This is how I feel about these scenes from THE SEVEN REVENGES. The movie had an above average budget but it wouldn't explain elaborate sets like these. The top one is for sure effects because they didn't built such big exterior sets for scenes which lasted a few seconds. While the shot below, for me it looks more like a practice model via forced perspective than a matte painting. The look is very three dimensional. 




GLADIATOR II trailer!

The official trailer of GLADIATOR II is out. What's your opinion on it? It looks more pulpy than the 2000 film. It's directed by Ridley Scott, which is good but then he also directed the abysmal EXODUS (2014) and that critically panned NAPOLEON (2023) since the original GLADIATOR. Will it re-ignite a new PEPLUM explosion? In one way, I hope so. In another way, hopefully in not as uneven as the one from the early 2000s. The trailer has already caused a lot of controversy, mostly about being historically incorrect and rap music.


Monday, July 15, 2024

Musings!


Jacques Sernas and Jeanne Valérie in the pivotal moment in SALAMMBO (1960)

The movie becomes the movie with this scene and yet this shot is NOT in the movie, which always frustrates me. This happens a lot with PEPLUM movies: photos of the movie often have better shots than what we end up seeing in the final cut. In this scene, the two are never seen together like this, when Mathos (Sernas) discovers Salammbo (Valérie). The scene itself is excellent and one of the best in a PEPLUM movie but it needed one brief shot of the two together. Instead, we see Sernas pouncing on Valérie. I love this movie even if wildly uneven. It has so many great elements and scenes and so many cringe ones as well. 

PEPLUM Movie Poster


Original Italian poster of SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE ROME (1964)

Nice poster. Is that Roger Browne or Giacomo Rossi Stuart?

Friday, July 12, 2024

Image of the week!


 Hercules (Steve Reeves) revives Iole (Sylva Koscina) in HERCULES (1958)

At the movies...


BEN-HUR playing at the Egyptian theatre on Hollywood blvd in 1959.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Musings!


Chelo Alonso dancing up a storm in SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR (1959) 

Do you like dance numbers in PEPLUM films? That's one element missing in modern day PEPLUM productions. This dance number is quite long and elaborate. The screenshot was taken from a quasi HD print in desperate need of colour correction. I had to re-adjust the colours and brightness because the image was just to whack. It's from a RAI broadcast/streaming service. 

Behind-the-Scenes


Virna Lisi taking a break on the set of DUEL OF THE TITANS (1961)

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Clip of the week: ULYSSES AGAINST HERCULES

Hercules (Mike Lane) and Leuconia (Raffaella Carrà) try to save Ulysses (Georges Marchal) from being crushed to death!  Amazing location!



Portraits


New feature: portraits of PEPLUM stars!

Anne Baxter as Nefretiri in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

HD Alert!


 Gianna Maria Canale in TIGER OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1962) 

This colourful movie is now available as a German Blu-ray release. I like this movie and I will purchase it if there are any left. The movie is already uploaded in HD on a Youtube channel. I won't link to it since they are not friendly. But even so, buying these will inspire other distributors in releasing more titles. No English audio.


 

Steve Reeves pre-HERCULES


Steve Reeves in Cannes, France at the age of 22. The year is1948. Fascinating to watch. The image/audio quality isn't the best. LE PLUS BEL HOMME DU MONDE at IMDb.

note: the video doesn't exist anymore. The Youtube account that had it was terminated...after I posted it here. I tell you, my account is followed by nefarious people.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Musings!


Brad Harris, as Hercules, and Luisella Boni in FURY OF HERCULES (1962) 

I recently posted a clip from this movie. It's a fun 'feat of strength' clip. The movie is filled with such scenes. I love this movie for these scenes but I have to admit that the story itself is pretty weak. It's all over the place, with very little focus of anything but action, which is fine but a movie sometimes needs more. It's a shame because its Twin Production, SAMSON (1961), is identical with this is one but with a memorable storyline. The German release changed the title to SAMSON and the SAMSON movie mentioned before became a Hercules title. Harris looks like a Greek hero for sure, which helped with the entertaining aspects of this production but the meandering story puts it below SAMSON. 

PEPLUM Movie Poster


Original Italian poster of SWORD FOR THE EMPIRE (1965)

Simple but catchy design makes it stand out. I love it.