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Subj: Peplum review 22: Sign of the Gladiator (with Anita Ekberg)(1959)
Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 at 09:07:40 am EDT (Viewed 91 times)
Another example of the serious "historical" pepla, this one is loosely based on the reanexation of the Palmyrae empire (which covered Asia minor, the near east and Egypt) into the Roman empire circa 270AD. Despite the title, it has no gladiators (but the English language voice over makes the relatively untrue claim that gladiators were often made generals in the roman army)
It features Anita Ekberg as the legendary Queen Zenobia. She is an almost unearthly beauty with a fabulous figure. This was the same year she was made famous appearing in La Dolce Vita, swimming in the Trevi fountain. Shes a good actress, balancing her empire with her attraction to a captured Roman general.
This one is very light on action, concentrating on politics, backstabbing and love affairs. it does feature a peplum dance scene in which all the dancers dress in I dream of Geniie costumes.
The highlight has to be Zenobia in her armour which features Madonna like bullet boob plates.
Overall, a reasonable effort but would benefit from a bit more action.
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