Peplum Paradise Part 3: International Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards.

This is a list of historical (set pre-1800) or historical-fantasy films produced Internationally from 1949 until the present day - including those made by Hollywood.

This list does NOT include any Italian productions or co-productions or any Asian or Animated productions which are included in separate lists. I have also now moved made-for-TV titles to Part 7 as this list was getting-and still is-very long.

The list is alphabetical using the most common English titles (where applicable), so the IMDb titles may appear to be over the place alphabetically.

This list is certainly incomplete and a work in progress, so I would welcome any suggestions of titles I may have omitted.

I have included a few additional titles at the end of the main list which bear some relevance to the subject.

I will be updating the list regularly with new and expanded reviews and any new titles that I may discover.

Latest Updates:
Review: Serpent Of The Nile (1953)
Review: 300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Review: Hercules Reborn (2014)
Review: Dragonheart (1996)
Review: Deathstalker IV: Match Of Titans (1991)

This list is a companion piece to my other lists:
Peplum Paradise Part 1: Italian Historical and Fantasy films 1949-1969,
Peplum Paradise Part 2: Italian Historical and Fantasy films from 1970 onwards
and Peplum Paradise Part 4: Asian Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards
Peplum Paradise Part 5: Animated Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards
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“ Even watching this in Turkish without subtitles, it is still surprisingly enjoyable, if a little difficult to follow. The storyline, as best as I could figure, concerns a woman who becomes Sultana when her husband is killed and the intrigues in her palace, and is apparently based on a true story, though I doubt it is very historically accurate. Leading actress Türkan Soray has big hair that would make Nashville women jealous, tends to emote rather than act and obviously wasn’t hired for her dancing skills. It appears to be quite a big budget affair by Turkish standards, though still pretty cheap by anyone else’s, with fabulously tacky and highly colourful costumes, and a country mansion doubling for a palace. It was apparently obligatory for all male cast members to wear glaringly obvious false beards and moustaches and there is also a fair amount of bad exotic dancing, including some topless save for pasties. Other attractions include a maniacally laughing witch, scenes of torture and whipping, a head on a plate, and a birth which comes across more like an orgasm. Worth checking out even if you don’t understand the language, this is constantly visually entertaining. ” - PeplumParadise
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure. (70 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ Well this does what it says on the packet and little more, but if you’re a fan of the Abbott and Costello brand of slapstick then that’s certainly no bad thing. This comes in at about average among their output, placing Bud (as Rocky) and Lou (as Puddin’) back in piratical times where they discover a treasure map and end up aboard Captain Kidd’s ship. Charles Laughton reprises the role he’d played 7 years earlier and appears to be game for a laugh, if a little out of place among the mayhem, but it’s Hilary Brooke as rival pirate Anne Bonney who steals the show doubling up as Lou’s love interest. There are quite a few rather tuneless sea shanties thrown into the pot and it’s no Crimson Pirate (which came out the same year), but if it’s undemanding fun you’re after then you could do a lot worse. ” - PeplumParadise
The Abdication (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church. Today, she is mostly known for the rumors that she was lesbian. (103 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
“ To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Adam and Eve (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Adam and Eve are placed by God in Paradise, but because of the world-famous boo-boo they committed, God cops an attitude and decides to teach them a lesson. (78 mins.)
Director: Alberto Gout

To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Adormidera (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A group of five surviving soldiers in the late 1300's are returning home, however along the journey they encounter an unforeseen turn of events. (90 mins.)
Director: Raymond Mizzi
The Adventurer of Seville (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Ladislao Vajda

To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
The Adventures of Gerard (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Based on satirical short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about a vain, egotistical Etienne Gerard, a French brigadier serving during the Napoleonic Wars. He thinks he's the best soldier and lover that ever lived and intends to prove it. (92 mins.)
“ This is one of those curious counter-culture comedies that flourished briefly in the late sixties which someone obviously thought was very clever and which makes no sense at all, but is still somehow watchable (open-mouthed) in it’s oddity. Napoleon (Eli Wallach), who was apparently gay, seeks his most incompetent soldier to send on a mission during his invasion of Spain, and the man chosen is one Colonel Gerard (Peter McEnery). There follows much horseplay, slapstick and ridiculous situations and some kind of tomfoolery involving a Spanish Countess (Claudia Cardinale). If you can make any more sense of the plot you’re a better man than me, it probably makes perfect sense and is hilarious when watched under the influence of a certain kind of acid, but unfortunately I don’t think they make it anymore! ” - PeplumParadise

Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father... (94 mins.)
Director: Don Weis
“ Colourful and fun Arabian Nights nonsense, with lightweight hero Hajji Baba (John Derek), who in the film is actually a barber (baba – geddit?), coming to the rescue of a bratty princess (Elaine Stewart), and having to contend with the usual run of slave traders, dancing girls and Amazon warriors along the way. No better or worse than most other entries in this sub-genre, but it’s all kept light hearted and moves along at a brisk pace so you never get bored. Both Derek and Stewart went on to appear in one genuine Italian peplum apiece. ” - PeplumParadise
The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sir Galahad, a knight of the Round Table, searches for the legendary sword Excalibur. (252 mins.)
Director: Spencer Bennet
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. (118 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
“ Entertaining tale of intrigue and deceit, based on fact but using considerable dramatic licence, in and around the court of Marie Antoinette (Joely Richardson). When her family is stripped of it’s noble standing, Jeanne St. Remy de Valois (Hilary Swank) attempts to scheme and cheat her way back into favour by whatever means possible, using and deceiving a succession of men along the way including Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody and Christopher Walken. Her affairs eventually backfire, tying in with the fall of the French monarchy. Performances are a bit of an issue but, given that this is played in the style of Dangerous Liaisons and not as a history lesson, this isn’t of great import, just go with the flow and enjoy it, though be prepared for a somewhat downbeat ending. ” - PeplumParadise
Against All Flags (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar. (84 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
“ Standard Hollywood swashbuckler featuring two big stars with their careers on the skids and one on his way up. Errol Flynn, looking his age, is too old for his role as an undercover naval officer, Maureen O’Hara is as feisty as expected but has little to do, Anthony Quinn is rather low key as a pirate captain, and Mildred Natwick steals every scene she’s in as the guardian of a bevy of captured maidens. Worth a look for fans of the stars, but nothing special. ” - PeplumParadise
Age of the Dragons (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, is recreated in a world where Captain Ahab and his crew search for a Great White Dragon. (91 mins.)
Director: Ryan Little
“ I wasn’t expecting much from this one and was pleasantly surprised. While it’s not about to win any Oscars, it has a simple and engaging storyline based directly on Moby Dick, reasonable acting from the largely unknown cast, and, most importantly, very realistic CGI dragons. It’s your basic revenge plot; The “White Dragon” burns and scars a young boy and eats his sister. Years later he has grown into a bitter old man (Danny Glover-suitably demented) who organises a team to go and hunt the beast. It can be a little slow moving at times and I would have liked to see more of the dragons, but you do have the decidedly odd sight of Vinnie Jones with a deerstalker and pipe to keep you entertained in the meantime. ” - PeplumParadise
Agora (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
“ Set in Alexandria at the time of the last days of the Roman empire, this focuses on the conflict between the Jews and Christians and how this religious intolerance brought on the fall of that once great city. At the centre of all this is Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), a scholar, teacher and pagan, and also the weak link in the narrative. The most disturbing aspect is the realisation that the ridiculous religious conflicts depicted here are still present in the world today. The film is reasonably effective, but has pretentions to be a more epic production than it is in actuality, and would have been far more effective if it had been more carefully edited and been a half hour shorter. ” - PeplumParadise
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Insanity is pretty much the keyword here, both in the project itself and it’s subject matter. The extremes to which Werner Herzog put his cast and crew through in order to achieve the degree of realism he sought are well documented, pretty much making them relive the actual experiences endured by the conquistadors, and it pays off with one the most believable historical portrayals ever captured on film. Detailing a journey down the Amazon, based on historical events but not, as claimed in the film’s opening, on an actual diary, in search of the mythical city of El Dorado, you can’t help but become engrossed even knowing it’s futility. Klaus Kinski’s performance as the renegade title character is insanity and megalomania personified. An undisputed masterpiece, but whether the end result justifies the means will be forever open to debate. ” - PeplumParadise
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Aladdin and His Lamp (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A poor young man finds a lamp with a genie trapped inside. The genie promises to grant the man three wishes if he frees him from the lamp. (67 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young boy finds a magic lantern that contains a genie, and when he frees the genie he's granted three wishes... (84 mins.)
Director: Boris Rytsarev

Visually stunning Russian production with amazing sets and cinematography. The story is well told, and the magic effects, while simple, are also impressive. It is also debatably the most effectively told version of the Aladdin tale filmed so far (sorry Disney). Even the standard histrionic Russian style of acting is mostly appropriate for once, though you do have to make allowances for an Aladdin who wears more eye shadow and lipstick than the princess he falls in love with. Definitely one worth seeking out. ” - PeplumParadise
Alexander (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. (175 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ I must admit that on watching this film in it’s original theatrical cut I hated it, but revisiting it four years later in “The Final Cut” version on Blu-Ray I have been forced to reappraise at least some of my original opinions. The over-the-top performances and peculiar accents are still there, but I watched this immediately following the 1958 production Alexander The Great, and in comparison to Richard Burton’s portrayal, Colin Farrell’s actually comes across as fairly subtle and his badly bleached hair-don’t is far more natural than Burton’s orange wig. The battle scenes are truly epic and rank alongside those in Kingdom Of Heaven as some of the most impressive ever filmed. The cinematography and sets are uniformly excellent, and the entire film is visually stunning. The problem with the accents is one of the most obvious ones, and would have worked far better if the actors had used their natural voices across the board, but when some use their own while others attempt regional ones (stand up Angelina Jolie) it all seems quite odd. Other negative points are Anthony Hopkins largely unnecessary narration, the over-emphasis on the leader’s gayness, and the jumping backward and forward in time tends to lead to confusion. The box-office failure of this epic almost stopped the most recent resurgence of peplum-styled epics started by Gladiator in its tracks, but fortunately Rome and 300 were waiting round the corner. Not a masterpiece by any means (except visually), but definitely worthy of a critical reappraisal. ” - PeplumParadise
Alexander the Great (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great. (141 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ Well first you have to get over the bizarre sight of Richard Burton in an orange wig and even more orange skin, in fact these two take most of the acting honours here. The wig makes Burton’s head appear too big for his body, and his rather puny body would have benefitted from a few visits to the gym since it stands out clearly against the other more muscular soldiers. OK, Burton’s physical defects aside, the film is beautifully framed, colourful, and, despite being overly stage bound, makes full use of the cinemascope process in every shot. Burton is badly miscast and gives an overly earnest and pretty wooden performance. The largely British supporting cast do what is required of them and little more, and the performances are generally shouty rather than subtle. The film’s biggest falling point however is it’s lack of action, something which a would-be epic of this stature stands or falls on, and those that there are seem too tightly crammed, even in the cinemascope frame. Recommended as a good example of how to best use the cinemascope process then, but otherwise a bit of a damp squib. ” - PeplumParadise
Aleksandr. Nevskaya bitva (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Young prince Aleksandr has to hold out against two enemies - the Horde in the east and the Teutonic order and Sweden in the west... (110 mins.)
Director: Igor Kalyonov

To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Alfred the Great (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood... (122 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ Alfred, first Prince then King of Wessex, has trouble with invading Danes in this interesting and neglected slice of British history. Both David Hemmings as the 22-year-old King and Michael York as Guthrum, the Danish chief, turn in strong performances from a good script. There is also good use of attractive Irish locations and effective battle scenes. Apparently there are many inaccuracies in the script, but nothing so major as to alter the course of history. This film seems to have been largely forgotten, remaining unreleased anywhere on DVD or video, and deserves to be restored and rediscovered. ” - PeplumParadise
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Rich oriental lord Cassim's cheeky servant Ali Baba was sent to buy a meaty girl-slave, but brings dancer Morgiane... (92 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker

Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Alpago: Alpaslanin fedaisi (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Nejat Saydam
Altar (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Young Altar's family is massacred by the 'master of fire'. Before loosing his life his father manages to safe him. Altar grows up in captivity nevertheless and is forced to fight for money. But now that he's grown up, he lusts for revenge.
Director: Remzi Jöntürk
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Seen in retrospect this Oscar-winning costumer is overlong, rather hammy and overly talkative, and, dare I say it, a little dull. The attention to period detail in costumes and sets is impressive, but somehow a little colourless and a touch too fiddly. Tom Hulce’s performance as the eternal child Mozart, while probably fairly accurate, tends to grate fairly quickly, while F. Murray Abraham’s Oscar-winning turn as his bitter rival Salieri tends to go under the radar in comparison. Being a musical biography the music is also of consequence, and the snippets you are given only tend to make you long to hear the entire works – not a bad advertising ploy but as part of the whole just a further irritant. Rather than dismissing the piece unfairly, I would recommend giving it a chance as I feel it may be an acquired taste, but just not mine. ” - PeplumParadise
Amaya (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Luis Marquina
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Amazing Grace (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Interesting picture dealing with a difficult and sensitive subject, the abolition of the slave trade in the British colonies in the late 1700’s. The script deals with the subject compassionately, with a strong and compelling central performance from Ioan Gruffud as reformer William Wilberforce, pushing his cause determinedly through parliament against strong opposition, and while battling debilitating illness. The attention to period detail is faultless, and the film achieves the inconceivable in making meetings in the House of Commons so interesting and amusing that you actually look forward to the scenes set there. This is a well-made and thought provoking film, which I would highly recommend. ” - PeplumParadise
Amazons (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
An epic from the dark ages about the legendary lost tribe of warrior women! The girls fly into danger... (87 mins.)
Director: Alex Sessa
“ This one has lots of Amazons with big eighties hair (which they shake a lot in place of acting), some delightfully cheesy costumes, a bit of sex, an omnipotent lord, and a sacred sword which someone saw in a dream so everyone goes looking for it. Everyone tends to speak really slowly, but I couldn’t tell if it was for emphasis or because they were retards. Heroine Windsor Taylor Randolph is actually quite good, in an 80’s peplum sort of way, and it’s a shame she didn’t do more. ” - PeplumParadise
Amazons and Gladiators (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A slave dancer is freed from her Roman masters by an Amazon warrior and is trained as an Amazon warrior and seeks vengeance on the ambitious corrupt Roman general who attacked her village and slain her family. (94 mins.)
“ Cheaply produced with D-list stars, Crassius (Patrick Bergin) is posted to some unspecified outpost of the Roman empire, where he is pitted against a local bunch of Amazon warriors. The main reason for this to exist would seem to be to have a bunch of naked and semi-naked women running around in forests, but at least it never degenerates into porn territory. To be fair, it is mildly entertaining if you’re in an undemanding mood, but coming after Rome and Gladiator it’s hardly likely to win any awards. ” - PeplumParadise
Prince Arsalan (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Prince Arsalan who is in love with Farrokh-Lagha travels to the west to find her. He meets the two ministers of Petros Shah... (120 mins.)
Director: Shapur Yasami
Prince Arsalan (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Amir Arsalan who is in love with Farrokh-Lagha the prince travels to the west to find her. He there meets the two ministers of Petros Shah... (117 mins.)
Director: Esmail Kushan
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society. (126 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Anchoress (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin... (108 mins.)
Director: Chris Newby
Andrei Rublev (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
“ This strange, controversial Russian epic dealing with Religion in the early 1400’s is certainly an ordeal to sit through by anyone’s standards. Andrei Rublev (Anatoli Solonitsyn) is a heavily opinionated and rather lazy monk living in a monastery outside Moscow who is given the job of painting a religious mural inside an important chapel, and finds excuses not to do it, told in a series of mostly very slow episodes. There is a rather rushed pagan orgy in the middle there somewhere too with some nudity. That’s about it for Part 1. Things do thankfully pick up at the start of the second part with a violent Tartar attack on the city, and frankly when they start butchering and torturing the Christians it comes as something of a relief, but then it’s back to business as usual. So what you have here is basically 3 hours plus watching a rather dull and unlikeable character, surrounded by other not very pleasant characters, doing not much at all in murky black and white in loosely connected episodes. Ten minutes from the end (yes, I did make it all the way), the film abruptly turns to colour showing a series of religious paintings which are presumably Rublev’s actual paintings, though there is no explanation given, and in all honesty they’re not terribly impressive. There are also what are undoubtedly several scenes of actual cruelty to animals in the film. In historic reality Rublev was apparently a notable painter, but we’re not even shown that here, so what’s the point! This film seems to incite extreme responses from people who either love it and name it the greatest film ever made or hate it just as passionately, and obviously, if pushed, I’m afraid I fall into the latter camp. ” - PeplumParadise
Androcles and the Lion (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion. (98 mins.)
Director: Chester Erskine
“ Anyone looking at the cast and title would be forgiven for expecting a full blown Roman epic, but what you actually have here is an amiable adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play concerning Androcles (Alan Young), a Christian, who, en route to the arena to be thrown to the lions, encounters a lion which he helps out by removing a thorn from it’s paw. Once in the ring he encounters the same lion, which remembers him and spares his life. Jean Simmons, in her first historical role-still a year away from Young Bess and The Robe-is a little too meek and annoyingly sanctimonious, but Victor Mature, as the Roman captain who falls for her charms and converts to her cause, is surprisingly effective. It is, however, Robert Newton, as a Christian smartarse, and Elsa Lanchester, as Androcles’s non-believing wife, who steal the show. Way too preachy for my liking, but a smart script makes this at least watchable. ” - PeplumParadise
Angélique (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In France, prior to Louis XIV ascending the throne, a young baroness is forced to marry against her will and is caught up in a web of treachery and murder, threatening her and her husband, whom she has come to love deeply. (113 mins.)
Director: Ariel Zeitoun
Anne of the Indies (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence. (81 mins.)
“ Reasonably entertaining and colourful Hollywood pirate tale, with Jean Peters well cast as tough real-life pirate captain Anne Bonny. Unfortunately the script chooses to centre on Anne’s love for French officer Louis Jourdan and her rivalry with his wife (Debra Paget - wasted), but don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty to enjoy here, particularly some exciting sea battles and Thomas Gomez’s portrayal of Blackbeard. ” - PeplumParadise
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. (145 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
“ The biggest obsticle here is Geneviève Bujold, who, while a reasonable actress and fairly pretty, also has a very strong French/Canadian accent that cannot be explained away merely by saying that Anne has spent a few years at the French court. There’s also Richard Burton, who is on historical autopilot, delivering a performance that is indistinguishable from his role in The Taming Of The Shrew. On top of that you have numerous historical inaccuracies, no small matter since this is the story of the best-known wife of the best-known king in British history. In its favour the film looks attractive, filmed in many authentic locations, the exquisite costumes deservedly won an Oscar, and it keeps things lively throughout its 2 ½ hour length. This was a major critical and commercial flop on it’s release, yet still managed to garner 10 Oscar nominations (winning only one), and while there are a number of superior filmed versions of the story, this one falls somewhere in the middle ground, and despite it’s failings is never less than watchable. ” - PeplumParadise
Anonymous (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Here you have one of those classic “what if” situations which, while unlikely, is not entirely beyond the realm of possibility – in this case what if William Shakespeare had not in fact written the plays with which he is credited, but had been merely a paid front for a nobleman dabbling in the disreputable art of writing. Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower play older and younger versions of the nobleman in question, the Earl of Oxford, who carries on an illicit long term romantic and quite possibly incestuous affair, and fathers a child, with Queen Elizabeth, played at different ages by Vanessa Redgrave and her real-life daughter Joely Richardson. Shakespeare himself (Rafe Spall) is played as a semi-literate rather camp buffoon actor who steals the glory from his best friend, playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) and blackmails Oxford. The idea is an interesting one and reasonably well thought out, but loses some of it’s effectiveness by constantly shifting back and forward in time, a device which takes at least half the film to adjust to. Performances are good, with Redgrave standing out, while Germany makes a remarkably effective stand-in for London, in what is an entertaining if a little far fetched piece of historical tomfoolery. ” - PeplumParadise

Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
“ Well this was the first Egyptian film I’d seen, and it’s certainly an interesting experience. The film’s style falls somewhere between Bollywood and a desert peplum, with poorly choreographed but enthusiastic musical numbers, very colourful costumes, numerous scenes of whipping, and wild overacting from all concerned. This has quite a strong racial equality angle, made very bizarre by the lead actor being an Arab in blackface and the campy nature of the performances. The story involves Antar (Farid Shawqi, a popular Egyptian action star of the 50’s and 60’s-see also Prince Of Cunningness), a super strong black slave who is also the son of the white leader of his tribe, fighting for racial equality with the heavily prejudiced white oppressors, with the help of some of the harem ladies who he repeatedly saves from being carried off in bandit attacks. A definite oddity and a guilty pleasure. ” - PeplumParadise
Antar's Daughter (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Niazi Mostafa
“ To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Antigone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences. (93 mins.)
“ This is one of a number of Greek adaptations of the classic Greek tragedies that appeared in the sixties, many of which also starred Irene Papas. This one is well produced and acted, and more accessible to a regular audience than most of it’s ilk. The story concerns Antigone (Papas), daughter of Oedipus, who is betrothed to Haemon, Prince of Thebes (Nikos Kazis). Antigone is sentenced to death by ruthless King Creon (Manos Katrakis) after she is discovered attempting to bury her dead brother against the King’s orders. She is sealed into a cave and abandoned to die, but the King, on the advise of a prophet, changes his mind. Too late, she has already hanged herself, followed swiftly by the suicides of the Prince and Queen, leaving the King to go mad in his grief and guilt. Papas gives a very melodramatic performance, which, while appropriate to her character, a little lightness of touch could have helped in gaining some much needed sympathy from the audience for her plight, but her role is actually surprisingly small given her top billing. The supporting cast are all excellent and help keep things moving along where they could have dragged. The film’s cause is not really helped by the decision to film it in sepia-tinted black and white, and full screen, which gives it the impression of it belonging to another bygone era, rather than at the height of Hollywood and Italian historical blockbusters, and this choice seems even stranger considering that the film features impressive sets and costumes and utilises hundreds of extras. The rousing score by Arghyris Kounadis deserves particular mention. ” - PeplumParadise
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius. (138 mins.)
Director: Charlton Heston
“ This low budget Shakespearean adaptation is a vanity project for Charlton Heston who multi-tasks as star, director and script adaptor. Heston stretches himself too far, with the result that neither his direction nor his histrionic performance as Antony are terribly noteworthy, on top of which he is too old for the part. Hildegard Neil as Cleopatra is also badly miscast and rather hammy, for while she may be a good actress she is completely physically wrong for the part in a filmic context. While the film is attractively shot, the cheapness of the costumes and sets cannot be overlooked. You also have to come to terms with the oddity of British actors playing against a liberal smattering of European talent like Fernando Rey and Carmen Sevilla who are very obviously dubbed by British voice talent, making you wonder why they were cast in the first place – though it does give it a touch of a throwback to old school peplum films. Where Heston surprisingly does do a good job is in opening the play up to be accessible to a broader audience, though some might argue this is to the detriment of the original. The downbeat ending does drag out interminably, though we only have Mr. Shakespeare to blame for that one. ” - PeplumParadise
Black Plague (2002 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In 1348, with the horrors of the Black Death haunting Europe, English soldiers return home from war with a French nobleman as hostage... (115 mins.)
Director: Alberto Sciamma
Ao, le dernier Néandertal (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When his clan, including his wife and baby girl Néa, are massacred, Ao, a desperate Neandertal man,... (84 mins.)
“ This French entry in the caveman sub-genre is enjoyable, though hardly mentally stimulating. Set in the period when Neanderthal man was becoming extinct, the requisite themes of grunts, hunts, fighting and loving are all present and correct. It has a more realistic feel to it than most of its ilk, and an effective performance by Simon Paul Sutton as the title character, but there are no real surprises plot-wise. ” - PeplumParadise
Apocalypto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Before the Spanish came along and annihilated everything in sight in South America, the warring local tribes managed to do a good job of doing the same to themselves, and it’s that period of their history we’re in here. Horribly pretentious thank you very much Mr. Gibson, in supposedly using an ancient language, although I doubt there’s more than a dozen people in the world that could actually understand and verify this, so what they’re saying may as well be (and may well be) gobbledygook. For all it’s pomposity and big budget, this is no less of an exploitation film than the 70’s Italian cannibal genre, basically showing human beings commit every possible atrocity upon one another, and getting away with it in the name of historical accuracy and art because the subjects being dealt with were, to our modern eyes, savages. What there is of a plot involves one big and powerful tribe capturing the smaller tribes they encounter, humiliating them and making them slaves, prey for hunts or sacrifices-and of course there has to be one individual who escapes and survives against all the odds. It’s all rather unpleasant and pointless, though the cast certainly give committed performances. ” - PeplumParadise
Arabian Adventure (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a prince join forces to stop him. (98 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ Cheap and not terribly cheerful British entry. A standard Arabian nights type thing with very poor effects, characters you don’t care about, a badly miscast Oliver Tobias, fresh from The Stud, as the dashing hero, and Christopher Lee and Milo O’Shea hamming it up as the villains. ” - PeplumParadise
Arabian Nights (????)
A young commander joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin, and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers.
Director: Chuck Russell
The Arena (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies... (92 mins.)
Stara basn. Kiedy slonce bylo bogiem (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Polish historical action fantasy based on a novel by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski. In 9th-century pre-Christian Poland... (103 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
“ The book on which this is based is apparently required reading in Polish schools, so you can probably take it as written that the sun-worshipping Poles were invaded by Vikings in the 9th century, though the rest of the story definitely belongs in the realm of folklore. The film opens very dramatically with the crazed brother of the deceased leader of one Polish tribe, Popiel (Bogdan Stupka, one of the Ukraine’s most famous actors), murdering one nephew and blinding the other, then poisoning half the men in his village, all so that he can become ruler. It’s then revealed that this tribe is only one of many, when Popiel’s henchmen raid a neighbouring village, killing the leader, Wisz (Ryszard Filipski), whose wife is then burned alive along with her husband’s body while his drunken tribe dance naked around the fire at his funeral. The catalyst for this is a hunter called Ziemek (Polish heartthrob Michel Zebrowski), who doesn’t seem to belong to any particular tribe, but does have friends, and has inconveniently fallen for Wisz‘s daughter Dziwa (Russian actress Marina Aleksandrova), whose life has inconveniently been dedicated to becoming a priestess to her god, making her off limits. Then the Vikings arrive and all hell breaks loose! The acting styles here are pretty uniformly melodramatic, which you get used to after awhile and somehow suits the madness of it all. The production values are high for an Eastern European production, and the film is attractive to look at, allowing for a little dodgy CGI, whilst the O.T.T. storyline keeps things moving along at a brisk pace, making for a thoroughly enjoyable if fairly hysterical entertainment. ” - PeplumParadise
Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Knight Arn is sent on a last mission against Saladin. He has to win this battle, before he can go home to Sweden, and finally marry his Cecilia and start a family. But the peace back home is threatened by the Danes. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Flinth
Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. (139 mins.)
Director: Peter Flinth
“ Long drawn out tale of pretty blonde Arn Magnusson (Joakim Nätterqvist), a Swedish nobleman brought up by monks to be a knight, then sent to the Holy Land to defend Jerusalem as penance for having got a girl pregnant out of wedlock. With some severe editing this could possibly have been a lot better, but as it is, it drags out scenes interminably with lots of pauses for long moody gazes with the occasional fight or evil old nun thrown in to keep us from nodding off, though when an entire battle is shown in slow motion that’s a bit of a tough call. On top of that someone made the very odd decision to have the film shot in both English and Swedish, not as two separate versions but splitting it 50/50 with no logical explanation for the switches from one to the other. Some of the cinematography in the scenes shot in Morocco is impressive, but otherwise it tends to drag and takes itself way too seriously, and it’s hard to see why it took six countries to produce this or what most of the reportedly high budget (it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever) was spent on. ” - PeplumParadise
Ashik Kerib (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her... (73 mins.)
“ This is a Russian fairy tale, but not really as we know and love them. This one is arty and pretentious and has a (presumably intentional) amateurish feel to it, utilizing the barest minimum in costumes and sets, it features some very amateurish over-acting, and boasts a particularly annoying soundtrack consisting mostly of bad lute playing and wailing (and it’s pretty constant since there’s very little dialogue). Ashik Kerib (Yuri Mgoyan) is a poor mono-browed minstrel who wants to marry a rich man’s daughter, but her father refuses, so Kerib goes off to seek his fortune while his fiancé vows to wait for 1000 days. Through a series of bizarre but not terribly interesting events he eventually acquires the necessary wealth and returns home in the nick of time to claim his bride. It’s a bit of an ordeal even at it’s short length, the best I can really say about it is that it’s an easier watch than the same director’s other historically based works, though some people seem to rate it highly so it may just be an acquired taste. ” - PeplumParadise
Aszparuh (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
This is an epic screen presentation showing the creation, the consolidation and the power of First Bulgarian Kingdom and the first Bulgarian ruler Khan Asparuh. (323 mins.)
Director: Ludmil Staikov
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
At Sword's Point (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In 1648 France, it's the sons (and daughter) of the Three Musketeers to the rescue! (81 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen

This is a lively addition to the Three Musketeers’ catalogue. Cornel Wilde, Dan O’Herlihy and Alan Hale Jr., having bad hair days all round, are the sons of D’Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos, while Maureen O’Hara is gorgeous as Claire, the daughter of Athos. Aside from this slight deviation from the norm, and the change of sex, it’s business as usual when the dying Queen (Gladys Cooper) calls on the services of her musketeers to transport her offspring to the safety of Spain. It’s light fluff, but with plenty of energy, a sense of never taking itself too seriously and some exciting swordplay, including from O’Hara, it’s more enjoyable than one could really expect. ” - PeplumParadise
Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis... (90 mins.)
Director: George Pal
“ Visually and atmospherically this cheap US studio production fits in perfectly with sixties Italian peplums, right down to the inexplicably badly dubbed voices, while thematically it fits in with those peplums where lost worlds are discovered (Journey Beneath The Desert, Giant Of Metropolis, etc.). A Greek fisherman finds an Atlantean princess while going about his daily business, and then accompanies her home. Anthony Hall is a likeable but not terribly muscular hero, Joyce Taylor has the bratty spoiled princess act down to a tee, and John Dall is a suitably scary villain. The special effects include an Atlantean submarine, a crystal death ray machine and Dr. Moreau-like mutants. One of the few great non-Italian peplums. ” - PeplumParadise
Atlas (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Not strictly a true peplum since it was filmed by director Roger Corman in Greece (in 15 days), though aside from the lack of genre stars one would be hard placed to tell the difference. It was also reportedly filmed in English, though the dialogue and dubbing are as campy as any Italian production. The not-particularly-muscular Michael Forest is merely a namesake of the title character, while Corman regulars Frank Wolff and perennially grinning Barboura Morris chew up the scenery. Great fun.

Boyd’s Review: Now I have to admit that I’ve never been a big Roger Corman fan apart from his Poe period which was brilliant. The idea of him making a peplum isn’t that bizarre when you realise the man would ape anything that was a possible money maker, but this really shows the difference between what an American and an Italian could do with a tiny budget. This looks like television and has a script to match. There were times when I really wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be a pastiche, and the acting is...well...very relaxed!!! Corman had the budget to actually go to Greece to film this, but he makes the usual mistake of a director used to miniscule budgets and keeps right in there on the indifferent actors working with a bad script and hardly ever has the nerve to open up the visuals and let the surroundings give to picture any grandeur. Imagine the director of The Love Boat trying to direct I Claudius and you have Atlas. ” - PeplumParadise
Atlihan (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
(73 mins.)
Director: Naki Yurter
“ I watched this in Turkish with no subtitles, but it starts out like a pretty standard peplum with a village being destroyed, the women captured, and the muscular hero and his mates coming to the rescue. They then save a bratty blonde princess in pink from some moustachioed bandits, cross a desert, have a tavern brawl, get whipped and dethrone the unjust ruler-all in 72 minutes. Aytekin Akkaya, who seems to be Turkey’s answer to the Italian musclemen, plays the permanently frowning hero who has two women after him. The costumes and sets are colourful and extremely tacky, so par for the course for Turkish movies, with a royal palace that looks more like a pantomime set. It’s cheap, cheerful, fast paced and rather daft, but not really one to get over excited about. ” - PeplumParadise
L'Autrichienne (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Last days of queen Marie Antoinette stunningly portrayed by a director who's clearly done a massive historical research. An accurate plot and a very moving rendering. (98 mins.)
The Avengers (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The attractive Argentine Don Careless is an adventurer and an excellent swordsman. Don is in love with Maria Moreno... (90 mins.)
Director: John H. Auer
Babes in Bagdad (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Hassan, the Kadi of Bagdad, has a harem housing twelve beauties, but concentrates his attention on Zohara... (95 mins.)
“ This is a lost camp classic just ripe for rediscovery. It’s a vehicle for aging sexpot Paulette Goddard (42) and aging stripper Gypsy Rose Lee (41), supposedly playing the beauties in the Caliph of Baghdad’s harem that lead a rebellion. It’s cheap and cheerful and doesn’t care and is all the better for that. It’s all quite ludicrous of course and a laugh a minute riot from the ridiculous dialogue and the mutton-dressed-as-lamb performances. It’s shameful the way this film has fallen into obscurity – filmed in colour, the only available print for review was a very sad black and white DVD-R. ” - PeplumParadise
The Bacchae (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Brad Mays
Bagdad (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An English-educated Bedouin princess returns to Bagdad to find her father murdered, a corrupt ruling Pasha in charge and various local factions warring for control of the Caliphate. (82 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ This is a typical Arabian nights adventure from Universal in glorious Technicolor. It’s unclear when it’s set, the costumes looking 19th century while Bagdad looks more like some fairy tale city. Bedouin Princess Marjan (an extremely unlikely flame-haired Maureen O’Hara) returns from education in England – where she presumably majored in operatics and exotic dance and at 29 was presumably a very slow learner – to find her father has been killed and her tribe are in hiding. She appeals to the local Pasha Ali Nadim (Vincent Price) for help, not knowing that he is in cahoots with the band of bandits known as the “Black Robes” who were responsible for her father’s death. Also along for the ride is Hassan (Paul Hubschmid, billed as Paul Christian, with a very strange accent) as another Bedouin Prince, out to uncover his brother Raizul (John Sutton) who is the real bandit leader. Maureen wears a selection of fabulous gowns and gets to sing several shrill and totally inappropriate light operatic numbers that would have been more ay home in a Jeanette MacDonald flick. As the Bedouin wars heat up you get a totally crazy speeded up desert battle. Delightfully silly and gloriously garish, this is the type of delirious nonsense that you just don’t get anymore – more’s the pity. ” - PeplumParadise
The Bandit of Zhobe (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: John Gilling
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Bandits of Corsica (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Siamese twins separated at birth retain a psychic link; each feels the other's pain and happiness. (81 mins.)
Director: Ray Nazarro

To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Barabbas (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Follows alongside the Bible's story of the Crucifixion and Ascension. Waiting to die in prison, Barabbas gets an undeserved second chance at freedom...
Barbara (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Young vicar Mr. Paul arrives at the Faroe Islands to take up a benefice, and meets the young Barbara... (143 mins.)
Director: Nils Malmros
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Czar who attempts to trick a creature that demands tribute from him into taking a fisherman's baby instead of his newborn heir. Complications arise when the daughter of the creature, Barbara, requests a human suitor to find true love. (85 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
Barbarian (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
An ancient land suffocates in the shadow of evil. A dark lord rules unopposed. One warrior will become legend. He is the Barbarian... the last great warrior king. (79 mins.)
Director: John O'Halloran
“ This is a Roger Corman production – enough said. The token American in the cast, Michael O’Hearn as Kane, the barbarian of the title, looks like a young, gay Schwarzenegger and came from the TV series American Gladiators – enough said again. The rest of the film looks like it was produced 20 years earlier, having nothing in common with modern peplums and everything in common with the eighties sword and sorcery variety – dumb script, evil lord, search for a magic sword, Amazon warriors, cheap effects, dwarf in a bear suit, lots of gratuitous breasts, a wizard who looks like Steve Priest from glam rockers The Sweet…, you know the sort of thing. Is it any good? Of course not, but it’s harmless and silly enough to keep you mildly entertained on a wet afternoon. ” - PeplumParadise
Barbarian Queen (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Set during the days of the Roman Empire. A simple village is raided by Roman troops, and most of the people are whisked off to be slaves or killed... (72 mins.)
Director: Héctor Olivera
“ Unexceptional entry in the eighties Amazon sub-genre. Of most note today for starring Lana Clarkson, who appeared in a number of eighties genre flicks, but is best known now as the unfortunate murder victim of record producer Phil Spector. Clarkson and the rest of the female cast are obviously here purely for their willingness to bare their breasts and wear skimpy leather costumes, since there is no discernible acting talent on show. To be fair there are a fair amount of bare male breasts on show too, most notably Frank Zagarino who is more impressive physically than many of his ilk. There is very little storyline, but the film is mildly entertaining if you don’t expect much. The biggest production expense was undoubtedly hairspray! Clarkson returned in the sequel (see below). ” - PeplumParadise
Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1990 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
In a final and epic battle in the thrilling sequel to the now classic "Barbarian Queen", Althalia, leads... (80 mins.)
Director: Joe Finley
“ For anyone who enjoyed the first Barbarian Queen there’s plenty more of the same here. There’s more big hair, more breasts falling out at the slightest provocation, more bad acting, more unconvincing swashbuckling, more Lana Clarkson, more silly fun, and, amazingly, more of a storyline. The plot involves some nasty comic book villains, including a particularly-intentionally-obnoxious child, trying to usurp Lana’s throne and the assorted Amazons and rebels who live in the forest coming to her aid. ” - PeplumParadise
Barbary Pirate (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The U.S. government sends Major Thomas Blake on a secret mission when the Bey of Tripoli starts demanding... (65 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
Barry Lyndon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ It’s hard to see how anyone could like this film. It’s overlong, horribly miscast with an out-of-his-depth megalomaniac Hollywood heart-throb in the lead (read daughter Tatum’s book!), directed by one of the most overrated and self-indulgent directors around and features a leading character with no redeeming or interesting features whatsoever. It does have some stunning photography going for it, which makes it at least watchable, and thankfully never goes for the smutty humour of the likes of Joseph Andrews, but this makes it no more likeable. Only recommended for hardcore Kubrick fans. ” - PeplumParadise
Battal Gazi Destani (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Depiction of the life of the legendary Muslim Serdar of Malatya, Battal Gazi. (97 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz

To be reviewed

Trivia: This would appear to be the first of at least four films starring Cuneyt Arkin as famous Turkish historical figure Battal Gazi, others being Battal Gazi’nin Intikami (1972), Savulun, Battal Gazi Geliyor (1973) and Battal Gazi’nin Oglu (1974). ” - PeplumParadise
Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind... (141 mins.)
Director: Juraj Jakubisko

There should be a great movie to be made from the story of Elizabeth Bathory, one of the most notorious murderesses in history, but unfortunately this isn’t it. An almost unrecognisable Anna Friel is an unlikely and unsuccessful choice for the title character in this production. How anyone could have thought it was a good idea to change the story to make Bathory the victim who was framed and falsely accused of her crimes is totally beyond the pale, when they had one of the most fascinating and filmable stories in history in their hands. I can only imagine it was some sort of misguided idea of the Hungarian and Slovak filmmakers to clear her name, with a major disclaimer at the start of the film saying her story was mostly legend, when in actuality a good deal of it is documented fact. A far worse sin than this though from the viewers perspective is that they also manage to make her plain and uninteresting, and for the first half at least the plot is so disjointed that it’s hard to know what is going on and why. A major wasted opportunity, even Countess Dracula tells the story better. ” - PeplumParadise
Battal Gazi Destani (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Depiction of the life of the legendary Muslim Serdar of Malatya, Battal Gazi. (97 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
Battal Gazi'nin Intikami (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Battal Gazi takes on the Byzantium to save his kidnapped wife and kid. (90 mins.)
Director: Natuk Baytan
“ To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Battal Gazi'nin Oglu (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When, now senior, Battal Gazi is killed by Byzantine Prince, his son swears to take revenge. (70 mins.)
Director: Natuk Baytan
“ To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
The Battle of Kosovo (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad. (117 mins.)
Director: Zdravko Sotra
“ This is an effective and fascinating telling of the battle at Kosovo Polje on 28th June 1389 between the Serbs and Turks, their defeat at which was a key event in Serbian history. There are plenty of strong performances, and while the production values aren’t high, the direction and editing make the most of what they have, and the filmmakers deserve praise for not romanticising the events, but in keeping it real. I have read several accusations that the film, and the play it is based on, are not wholly historically accurate, but then show me a historical film that is! Certainly it is not terribly important so long as it does not alter the outcome of the battle. As war films go this is more engaging than most. ” - PeplumParadise
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Tom Jones, a maid's son adopted by the nobleman she worked for, now all grown up must run away from home when he is set up by his jealous cousin. He has several adventures and women on his way to town where his possible salvation awaits. (94 mins.)
Director: Cliff Owen
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
n the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacinto Molina
The Beastmaster (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Rather daft, though fairly well made on what would appear to be a fair budget, this fantasy adventure from Don “Phantasm” Coscarelli has a musclebound hero with a Doctor Doolittle complex, out to get revenge and fulfil a prophecy. Marc Singer, a blonde himbo with a good body, bad hair, a face like Klaus Kinski and not too much acting talent, is Dar, The Beastmaster. Rip Torn is on eye-rolling baby-slaughtering villain duties, while Tanya Roberts is on hand to get her kit off at the drop of a hat as usual and would appear to be in training for her lead role in Sheena. Not quite bad enough to be a camp classic and not good enough to be a real great, this is still good rather silly undemanding entertainment. ” - PeplumParadise
Beau Brummell (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor. (113 mins.)
“ Stewart Granger, wearing skintight white breeches which leave little to the imagination, plays the title character, a soldier who is dismissed after being impudent to George, the bumbling Prince of Wales (Peter Ustinov). Repairing relations with the prince he becomes his friend and advisor, trendsetter of the nation and an uncontrollable gambler. Elizabeth Taylor plays the love interest, Lady Patricia, looking a little strange in a platinum blonde wig for the first half of the film. As you would expect from a Hollywood period production centering on fashion, the costumes and sets are exquisite. Granger and Ustinov are on familiar ground and turn in exactly the performances you would expect without raising the product above the ordinary, while Taylor is rather wasted with little to do but flounce about and look decorative. Robert Morley, in a supporting role as King George III, the mad one, is predictably hammy. The end result, while attractive and reasonably entertaining, is also rather cold given the unsympathetic nature of the lead characters and a downbeat ending. ” - PeplumParadise
Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself... (100 mins.)

To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Beauty and the Beast (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Curse turns a handsome prince into a werewolf at night. A princess tries to help him, while his enemies plot to take his throne. (77 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Becket (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Worthy, but overlong, version of the play about the relationship between King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton). Burton gives a remarkably restrained performance for once, while O’Toole goes the other route and gives a perfect example of the shouting as acting technique. One of it’s biggest faults, for the epic production it attempts to be, is it’s failure to open up it’s stage bound origins, and editing down an hour or so would have made it far more palatable. Interesting, but too pretentious for general audiences despite its numerous Oscar nominations. ” - PeplumParadise
The Beggar's Opera (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When the composer of an opera about a swashbuckling, wenching highwayman meets his hero's real life counterpart he's disappointed with his lack of dash. (94 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
“ This adaptation of an opera written in 1728 is certainly an oddity, and not only because it offers the debatable pleasure of hearing Laurence Olivier’s actual singing voice while the majority of the rest of the cast are dubbed. The paper-thin story tells of gallant highwayman and ladies man Macheath (Olivier), and the story of how he came to be sentenced to death told in flashback. Once seen the sight of Olivier galloping across the moors singing at the top of his lungs is one never forgotten. The two loves of his life are played by Dorothy Tutin and future peplum star Yvonne Furneaux, who both turn in affecting performances, but are saddled with dubbed voices that would make Jeanette MacDonald blush. It has it’s interesting moments, and has an attractive look, but the novelty of hearing 18th century songs sung in 18th century fashion starts to wear thin pretty quickly, and while Olivier’s singing voice is no great shakes, his natural style soon becomes a relief (and is easier to understand) among the hign pitched trilling of the other players. ” - PeplumParadise
Beowulf (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A sci-fi update of the famous 6th Century poem. In a beseiged land, Beowulf must battle against the hideous creature Grendel and his vengeance seeking mother. (95 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
“ This one is downright odd. Sort of an adaptation of the Beowulf legend, but, thankfully, it bears little resemblence to other films on the theme. Christopher Lambert plays this peroxide blonde warrior bloke called Beowulf who, after defeating an entire village single-handed, turns up at a castle and offers to help them with their monster problem. The costumes are sort of medieval by way of Mad Max, the dialogue corny modern American, the monster is an actually-quite-good shape-shifty primitive CGI beastie, while the soundtrack is a totally inappropriate techno bombast. So it’s all extremely silly and quite fun, though it does have a bit of a video game feel to it. ” - PeplumParadise
Beowulf (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Bring on the cockney Welsh Vikings! The world wasn’t exactly clamouring for another cinematic version of the legend of Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and Grendel (Crispin Glover), but several came along in the mid-noughties anyway, this being the one that stole the limelight, and paid the price. Director Robert Zemeckis, blurring the lines between acting and animation even further than in 300, lets loose his folly here and lets it run wild, experimenting at the public’s expense, and turning out something that looks more like a kids TV production than a $150,000,000 Hollywood bomb. The animation, from live performance capture by the stars against green screen backgrounds, is downright dodgy, the beast is rather silly, the dragon is sub-Shrek, and the director’s reticence at showing animated naked men’s penises by using Austin Powers-like object placement to hide them is frankly silly – especially when he shows no such nervousness in giving us the required gore. On top of this the accents are all round odd, with Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mum even topping her turn in Alexander. A total peculiarity of a picture, and not really in a good way – let’s call it a marginally interesting failure and be kind. ” - PeplumParadise
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge. (103 mins.)
“ Of the plethora of Beowulfs and Grendels to grace our screens in recent years this is certainly a more straightforward telling than most, although given the nature of the folktale it’s based on it has little choice but to be nonsensical. Gerard Butler, still a year away from 300, brings some much-needed humour to his portrayal of heroic Beowulf, but he’s on a bit of a one man mission given the doom and gloomy subject matter. Visually it’s pretty mediocre, but still much more palatable than competing versions. I’ve read criticisms of the films use of modern profanity, but given that the use of ye olde English is hardly any more authentic this is hardly a valid point. ” - PeplumParadise
The Nelson Affair (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Young George Matcham visits his uncle Lord Nelson and the vulgar Lady Hamilton. With the clear eyes of youth... (118 mins.)
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Berserker (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A warlord's son is cursed to be reborn lifetime after lifetime and fated to love and lose until the curse is lifted. (84 mins.)
Director: Paul Matthews
La biblia en pasta (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
(87 mins.)
Director: Summers
The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mother Goat and her seven children live in a tree in the woods. At school the kids are warned by their teacher to beware of the "big bad wolf"... (57 mins.)
Director: Peter Podehl

Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
The Big Fisherman (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ. (180 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ Wanted! ” - PeplumParadise
Bill (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream. (94 mins.)
Billy Budd (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Ustinov
“ To be reviewed ” - PeplumParadise
Black Death (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. (102 mins.)
“ Well if ever there was a movie for which the term “warts and all” was appropriate, this is the one, as all the filth of the middle ages is up there on the screen. Sean Bean leads a band of ruffians through the countryside searching for a village unaffected by the plague, which is ravaging the rest of the country, to discover it’s evil secret, and get more than they bargained for. Admittedly not the most thrilling plotline, but it moves along at a brisk pace, and no-one’s going to see a film with this title expecting Shakespeare. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I’d expected to, though I’m not entirely sure why, but on the negative side the wobbly hand-held camerawork is incredibly irritating and unnecessary. ” - PeplumParadise