Friday, May 01, 2009

The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii stars Steve Reeves as Glaucus in this 1960 adaptation of the Bulwer-Lytton novel. Sergio Leone is the uncredited director. Reeves sustained a shoulder injury during filming which eventually forced his retirement.

The New York Times calls it "a typical Reeves showcase". Stomp Tokyo has this comment on Reeves' acting ability: "Although Reeves is no Olivier, he gets the basic emotions right in each scene." 10,000 Bullets compares this with the 1913 version, preferring the Reeves release: "Overall The Last Days of Pompei is a thrilling action adventure and one of the best Peplum ever made."

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