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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>
This biblical story dealing with Lot and the treacherous inhabitants of the twin cities of evil
This tale regards Lot (Stewart Granger who wields a mighty staff) , leader the virtuous Hebrews and the destruction of two Twin Cities of Sin, the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot is warned to ¨Beware of the Sodomites¨ who come up capture slaves and Hebrews . As Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites and their cities of evil led by an uncanny Queen (Anouk Aimee) and her nasty brother Astaroth (Stanley Baker) , but it results to be a fateful decision with disastrous consecuences . The Twin Citadels of Sin! . The cities that mocked the very name of God...The vengeance that tore the Earth asunder! Inside their hearts no good existed , inside their cities no God ¡ Pagan pleasures of the Sodom court ¡ Once, only once , have the hosts of heaven descended on the cities of earth in chariots of fire, only once has the hand of God reached down in vengeance ¡ Sins so shocking they scandalized even Sodomah ¡ Sins so infamous the centuries have never forgotten them ¡ The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly : Genesis .
This Italian-made , lavishly produced by the powerful producer Goffredo Lombardo and his Titanus , being an internationally financed epic concerning the two sinful biblical cities , but it never lives up from first line of dialog. Sin is suggested by languid groups of people little adequately dressed in 60s evening costumes and strolling down the floor , while the rebel Hebrews look more like a bunch of self-sufficient drifters droning on about making the land fertile . The sin is regarded by the Sex, torture and betrayal , no for sodomism . Moderately amusing but ponderous , to say at least , and overlong, though briefly entertaining . Bwing badly written by Hugo Butler, Giorgio Prosperi, and the prolific Ernesto Gastaldi . Originally budgeted at $2 million, the cost of the film quickly rose to $5 million , it failed at box office and to this day has not regained profits . Watchable for Ken Adam's settings and production design , though God's ending destruction of the sinner cities turns out to be very ridiculous , embarrassing and lousily made . Weak acting by Stewart Granger in his usual style , Pier Angeli is as charmingly gorgeous as ever playing Lot's wife who will have a fateful and known finale . While Anouk Aimeé is splendid as the evil queen and Stanley Baker as her brother steals the show , getting by on leering at every girl who comes near . Pretty good suport cast with a great number of Italian actors as Rossana Podestà , Rik Battaglia , Giacomo Rossi Stuart , Scilla Gabel , Gabriele Tinti , Daniele Vargas , Claudia Mori , Feodor Chaliapin Jr , Enzo Fiermonte , Mimmo Palmara , Sal Borgese , and Antonio De Teffe , the notorious Spaghetti Western actor as Anthony Steffen .
Rousing and moving soundtrack by maestro Miklós Rózsa , but this great composer was not happy with the finished movie . However , Dimitri Tiomkin was originally hired to score the film but was finally replaced by Miklós Rózsa. Colorful cinematography by various cameramen as Silvano Ippoliti , Cyril J. Knowles , Montuori and Alfio Contini . Filmed on several North African locations , such as : Aït Benhaddou, Morocco (twin cities) , Marrakech, Morocco (flood -and battle scenes) , Ouarzazate, Morocco and Lazio , Rome .This one was regularly directed by the prestigious Robert Aldrich and shot over a period of 11 months ; however , being considered to be his lowest point , and Sergio Leone was hired to direct the second unit on the film but left shortly after production began , it is unclear whether he quit or was fired . Here Aldrich assembled a nice cast and directed this slight story at tortoise pace and received awful reviews , being an absurd contribution that proved to be one of the dullest and very long films to Biblical genre . Aldrich made a lot of films , many of them for Sinatra clan or Rat Pack as ¨Ocean's eleven¨ , ¨Robin and the 7 Hoods¨ , 4 for Texas¨and ¨Sergeant 3¨ . .Aldrich's first feature film was in 1953 : Big Leaguer . Soon thereafter he established his own production company and produced most of his own films , collaborating in the writing of many of them . After a surprising payday for ¨What ever happened to Baby Jane ?¨ Aldrich directed a considerable plethora of genres but almost all of his films contained a subversive undertone . He was an expert on warlike genre (Dirty Dozen , The Angry Hills , Ten seconds to hell) and Western (The Frisko kid , Ulzana's raid , Apache , Veracruz , 4 for Texas, The last sunset) . Rating : 5/10 , average , deemed to a be a low point in Aldrich's erratic carrer . Critics thinking it tacky and inferior.
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