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The Giant of Metropolis (1961)

Il gigante di Metropolis (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy | 26 October 1961 (Italy)
Muscleman Ohro travels to the sinful capital of Atlantis to rebuke its godlessness and hubris and becomes involved in the battle against its evil lord Yoh-tar and his hideous super-science ... See full summary »

Director:

Umberto Scarpelli (as R. Nichols)

Writers:

Sabatino Ciuffini (screenplay), Ambrogio Molteni (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Mitchell ... Obro
Bella Cortez ... La Principessa Mecede
Roldano Lupi ... Il re Yotar
Marietto Marietto ... Elmos
Omero Gargano Omero Gargano ... Il Vecchio Saggio
Mario Meniconi Mario Meniconi ... Il Padre di Obro
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani
Luigi Moneta Luigi Moneta ... Il Primo Ministro
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Il Capitano delle Guardie Nere
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Il Giovane Scienzato
Carlo Enrici Carlo Enrici
Leopoldo Savona Leopoldo Savona ... Danzatore (as Leo Coleman)
Furio Meniconi Furio Meniconi ... Egon - Father of Yota
Liana Orfei ... Queen Texen
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Muscleman Ohro travels to the sinful capital of Atlantis to rebuke its godlessness and hubris and becomes involved in the battle against its evil lord Yoh-tar and his hideous super-science schemes. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 October 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant of Metropolis See more »

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Centroproduzione SpA See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Since he was not able to actually learn pages of dialog in Italian, Gordon Mitchell admitted that he would sometimes simply recite bawdy limericks during his scenes. More appropriate dialog would be looped in later. See more »

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Il padre di Obro: Hear me, my sons. My strength is wading now. My journey has ended here. Listen carefully. I leave to you all - but especially you, Obro - the duty of carrying out that mission our people are trusted to. On the other side of that mountain lies Metropolis, the city which has attained a terrifying civilization. You are to go and say to its ruler, and to its people, that they are wrong. They should never use their knowledge of science to defeat the ends of nature; to sew the seeds of ...
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THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (Umberto Scarpelli, 1961) **1/2
23 April 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Along with THE FURY OF ACHILLES (1962), with which I should re-acquaint myself presently, this is perhaps muscle-bound and pug-ugly Gordon Mitchell's finest hour. The film is an intriguing mix of peplum and sci-fi: I purposefully watched it and the similar (and contemporaneous) L'ATLANTIDE on consecutive days but, in the long run, this is the one to blend the two more successfully (or, if you like, outrageously) by way of imaginative (if clearly cheap i.e. mostly model and matte shots!) and atmospherically-lit sets a' la the work of Mario Bava, weird (and curiously baggy) costumes, and even odd-shaped (to say nothing of unwieldy) weaponry; incidentally, in the opening text scroll, we are told that Metropolis is just another name for Atlantis! The name of the (futuristic) city involved, then, obviously evokes Fritz Lang's seminal masterwork from 1927 and this even does it outright homage by having Metropolis eventually submerged in water (supposedly the fate of the real 'Lost Continent').

Anyway, Mitchell arrives on the scene, ostensibly in search of a promised land, with a whole entourage – but, in the space of five minutes, his father has kicked the bucket of old age and exhaustion, the leader of an accompanying faction opts to go his own way, and the hero's two brothers have a literal meltdown due to the radioactive atmosphere surrounding Metropolis! His own constitution elicits fear and doubt in the mad ruler of the city: the latter is engaged in transplanting the brain of an ancient sage (whom he constantly visits for advise, so much for his supposed superiority!) into his own child-son; he has an elder daughter (who occasionally gratifies him with a sexy exotic dance!) and, following the mysterious death of his wife, married a woman several years his junior (whom he anxiously – and authoritatively – paws despite being obviously hated by her!). As for his subjects, these are a mass of anonymous zombies who invariably rally in the square opposite the palace to cheer or curse as the case may be (but with arms enthusiastically outstretched on both occasions!) – when he decides to revive a former lieutenant of his, however, he is repaid by the latter's conspiring with Mitchell et al to thwart his evil plans!

To get back to the hero, he is imprisoned (via a temperature-altering beam of light, which has him make funny faces whilst appearing to be choking!) and forced into shows-of-strength with a variety of mutant monsters: a giant, which he fells with the over-sized skeletal jaw of some unidentified animal, and a horde of cannibalistic pygmies! Eventually, he meets and conquers – in the romantic sense, naturally – the King's female offspring (she pines for the outside world when shown furtive glimpses of it)…while her step-mom succumbs to suicide by poison rather than reveal the escaped Mitchell's whereabouts. To make matters worse for the King, Metropolis is apparently under constant threat from the elements, specifically Equatorial disorder (which he has scientists continually observe through a periscope and insistently urges them to come up with a solution to the imminent catastrophe!)…and, when one had thought his spirits could not sink any lower, he is haunted by his father's ghost (clearly disapproving of his toying with the Laws of Nature)!

Umberto Scarpelli stepped infrequently in the director's chair (THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS –reasonably engaging but invincibly juvenile such as it is – was the last of only 5, for 3 of which he actually shared the credit with somebody else!); incidentally, the producer/co-writer of the film under review was Emimmo Salvi, who would himself graduate to helming a variety of low-brow "Euro-Cult" fare and worked 6 times in all with the star – a viewing of one of these, THE TREASURE OF THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1965), followed the very next day...


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