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Paladin

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Subj: Peplum review #45: Sins of Rome (1953) (Spartacus)
Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 at 11:29:21 am EDT (Viewed 388 times)


As the peplum wave was kicked off in 1958 with Hercules, this one predates the genre by a few years. Most notable is that it is in black and white which detracts from the usual colourful scenes of Rome.

It is probably most notable in that Stanley Kubrick bought up all the rights, negatives and copies of the film prior to 1960 when his Spartacus film came out so as not to damage his films commercial outcome. Hence the film was buried for about 30 years as a result.

The film itself is pretty good, even if it pales next to Kubrick's version. I would guess that it was filmed in English as their voices don't appear to be dubbed and the acting is better than your average peplum. It follows the standard story of gladiator turned rebel.

most significantly, it has a scene of the arena being flooded for a naval boat re-enactment as the colosuum famously was (but it wasnt the coloseum as spartacus predates the building by over a hundred years.

It must have cost a pretty penny to film as the arena looks full. But I was bummed that we didnt get a re-enactment of naval combat but instead a pride of lions are sent onto the boat. But the gladiators fighting lions (REAL LIONS) is pretty awesome.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNzQTL4vUP4&ab_channel=RetroDrive-In


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