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  • 04/10/2015

    A "Hercules vs. Vampires" Primer, Part 2: Director Mario Bava

    Filmmaker Mario Bava The peplum genre was the proving ground for generations of Italian filmmakers. Just like Stanley Kubrick paid his dues on Spartacus, Sergio Leone honed his craft on The Colossus of Rhodes, an otherwise routine peplum that displays several signature camera compositions that he... View More

  • 04/10/2015

    A "Hercules vs. Vampires" Primer, Part 1: Peplum Aplenty

    Let’s talk about Italy’s staggeringly popular “peplum” film genre, a.k.a “sword-and-sandal” and “sword-and-sinew” cinema or, as Peter Graves described them in Airplane, “gladiator movies.” The word refers to the simple Greek-style tunic common in the costuming of everything from biblical tales to... View More