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« on: December 04, 2009, 10:14:58 PM »

The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
December 14, 1961
'Colossus of Rhodes'
HOWARD THOMPSON.
Published: December 14, 1961

THREE men we never heard of before rate the only applause, and it a mild spattering, for the imported "The Colossus of Rhodes," yesterday's new rip-roaring corn harvest on the circuits.

Jesus Mateos, the art designer, and Francisco Assensio, art engineer, have constructed a very effective plastic giant for Rory Calhoun, the warrior hero, hordes of rebellious slaves and sadistic Rhodes royalty to clash around in—complete with a firebearing tower and a labyrinth of torture chambers. What a place! For that matter, what a picture!

Even so, this cunningly fabricated eighth wonder of the old world, straddles a picturesque breakwater of antique appointments, perfectly suited for a bloody track meet of this kind. And Antonio Ballesteros, the color camera man, has adroitly photographed the real hero (the big boy) with some rather awesome, Lilliputian effects. Visually, the picture is okay—otherwise pretty terrible.

It's an Italian-Spanish co-production, with dubbed English, clubbed dialogue, and an absurd plot that has Mr. Calhoun trying to rid the ancient island of Rhodes of tyranny. The American actor is limber and grinning, understandably. Lea Massari, Georges Marchal and Conrado Sanmartin, among the others, bring up the rear.

Under Sergio Leone's direction, blood flows like water. An earthquake finally topples the colossus, although the plot of this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release should have been enough to unhinge him.

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009, 04:10:13 AM »

Nice find, never saw that before, lol, little did he know.  Afro

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009, 08:17:19 AM »

Hey, ya' gotta start somewhere. 

Here's my video sampling, a sideline for work, safety videos.  Understand that these are funnier when projected to 120 people at a meeting, and that their co-workers star in them.  Several have Leone-Morricone references, the biggest homage is in Close Encounters, about half a minute in.

Desperate Scientists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqRkNiewa7g

Greener Acres
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URTHHK2_nRw

Close Encounters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvr_RUpblmk

Get Smart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkxwEwyDeao

SpillAgain’s Island
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L-Bsc_drFQ

Dukes of Hazards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URTHHK2_nRw

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009, 08:24:49 AM »

The fool, the mad fool! Had the reviewer only known that, almost 50 years later, we on this board would  consider the film a towering work of . . . er, mediocrity?

Great find! That review is actually more entertaining than the film itself. But man, talk about spoilers, can you believe he actually gave away the ending like that?

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 11:12:42 AM »

It's still kind of cool that Leone got name-dropped by the NYT years before he did anything worthwhile.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009, 04:07:39 PM »

Well, unlike other reviews of Sergio Leone's movies, this one's at least entertaining.

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2009, 08:09:01 PM »

Although dismissive it's probably fair too.

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2009, 11:09:12 PM »

But man, talk about spoilers, can you believe he actually gave away the ending like that?

Yeh, that really shows contempt.

Although dismissive it's probably fair too.

Am I the only one who enjoyed this movie?

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