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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2008, 03:38:12 PM »

Hi, Lac qui Parle. Here's a link to a thread I posted here compiling a number of peplum and fusto movies I have. Granted, I still have a great deal more to write reviews for, but there's a nice expanse here of camp and serious filmmaking on the part of Italian artisans.

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7317.0

Yes, there a number of campy entries that have a charm about them that only adds to the films enjoyment. There are also a fair number of big budget peplum and fusto movies that deserve a wider audience such as GOLIATH & THE SINS OF BABYLON aka MACISTE, THE GREATEST HERO IN THE WORLD, THE GIANT OF MARATHON, TERROR OF THE BARBARIANS, ROMULUS & REMUS and THE TROJAN HORSE are a few of the bigger Italian productions. You'll notice a number of spaghetti western stalwarts in many of these films including Guiliano Gemma and Gian Maria Volonte among them. What is considered low budget and big budget should not hinder ones enjoyment for a film. Too many times people seem to forget that foreign films did not have the enormous amount of monies afforded US productions. Yet many times these (and other films) made up for what they lacked with funds in sheer imagination and creativity. However, the films I listed above have obviously had a good amount of money lavished on them. If not, than those filmmakers truly did a lot with less.

I like to refer to the historical sword and sandal films as peplum and the mythological superhero movies as fusto (Italian for muscleman). The fusto films tend to be the campy ones but then some of the effects, such as some of the hydraulically controlled monstrosities are impressive for the time in which they were created....and then there are those that are not.

Also, the spelling is M-A-C-I-S-T-E not Machiste whoever spelled it in that fashion although phonetically, that is how you would pronounce the name. Back in the 60s there was a syndicated television program in America entitled 'The Sons of Hercules' wherein certain movies were edited and titles changed as well added opening narration to figure in the title of the tv show. Maciste was strictly an Italian creation and his name was often removed from film titles (although some films escaped with the name remaining in the dubbing) as most Americans would most likely not know who Maciste was.

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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2008, 08:47:51 AM »

Chapter 4 of Frayling ("Economic Miracles") is all about the pepla craze (and SL's relation to it), pp. 80-117. Lots of good info there. What, you don't have a copy of Something to Do with Death? Man, who let you on this board?

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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2008, 10:27:53 AM »

Chapter 4 of Frayling ("Economic Miracles") is all about the pepla craze (and SL's relation to it), pp. 80-117. Lots of good info there. What, you don't have a copy of Something to Do with Death? Man, who let you on this board?

Actually, no. But I did find an ENTIRE book about you though...and it's just volume one! Afro

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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2008, 02:02:40 PM »

I wasn't actually talking to you, I was addressing the person who started this thread.

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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2008, 02:37:11 PM »

I wasn't actually talking to you, I was addressing the person who started this thread.

Hmmmm...I see. Well, for someone who prides himself on being impeccable (perfunctory would be a more suitable term, IMO) you should be more clear on such things in the future. Afro

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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2008, 05:32:47 AM »

I like Gerard Butler but a Spartan speaking with a thick Scottish accent and heavily CGI'd bodies and action spoiled it for me. 





Hi all This is my very first post!

A1 I'm sorry and I don't mean to patronise but the 300 actors did not have CGI'd bodies. They were trained by a guy called Mark Twight and he really kicked their butts! Just look at the You tube link I'm posting. It has behind the camera shots taken when they were shooting on blue screen. They are definitely all 6 packed up to the hilt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox9KWMbkPnQ

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