Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision. Written by
Jeanne Armintrout <Jeannee@uwyo.edu>
I have to admit that I've never been able to see this film in one
sitting all the way through, partly because I happen to just channel
surf on TV and stumble upon it after its started and partly because I
seem to catch it about an hour before I go to bed and miss the ending.
Still, from what I've seen, this is a very good film about Lot, who led
the Hebrew people to a fertile land on the border of the cities of
Sodom and Gomorroah. Anouk Aimee does a great job portraying the queen
of the cities, and Stewart Granger
plays a great Lot. The supporting actors and actresses contribute quite
a bit of talent as well, but what really struck me was the costumes.
For a 1962 biblical film, some of the outfits that the actresses wore
were a bit racy, but that is intentional as it shows the sinful ways of
the city-dwellers as opposed to the practical costumes of the
hard-working free Hebrews (in fact, Lot has a discussion with a slave
girl who is struggling to adapt to the ways of field work and field
dress after living a captive life as a well-kept palace servant).
The fight scenes are particularly well done, employing a cast of
thousands as opposing armies and refugees. The scene where the Hebrews
defend themselves by first lighting a pit of oil and then breaking a
dam to flood a valley are well done. Even though the story may not
follow the tale as told in the Bible, there's enough of it there that
the viewer comes away with the overall concept of the story. But - I
feel that this movie could be redone to stick a bit closer to the
original tale. While the queen and her brother may have been evil,
there just wasn't enough evil in the cities (limited by 1962 values, I
suppose) to warrant their destruction.
A good film for the whole family. No nudity, no harsh language.
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