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Sodom and Gomorrah

Director Robert Aldrich has said, 'Every director ought to get one Biblical film out of his system, but there's not very much that you can do about this sort of picture.' Too true. Net: Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities.

Director Robert Aldrich has said, ‘Every director ought to get one Biblical film out of his system, but there’s not very much that you can do about this sort of picture.’ Too true. Net: Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities.

Storyline concerns Lot’s pilgrimage to the Valley of Jordan with the Hebrews. They set up camp in the valley but are almost immediately involved in a bitter clash between the Helamites, who covet the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cesspools of depravity, ruled over by the cold, beautiful, unscrupulous Queen Bera who, incidentally, is being doublecrossed for power by her scheming brother.

Stewart Granger makes a distinguished, solemn and sincere figure of Lot and Stanley Baker, as the treacherous Prince of Sodom, is sufficiently sneaky though he has only a couple of highspots in his role. Anouk Aimee is an impressively sinister Queen, Pier Angeli has some moments of genuine emotion as Lot’s wife and Rosanna Podesta and Claudia Mori play the shadowy roles of Lot’s daughters adequately.

Sodom and Gomorrah

Italy

  • Production: 20th Century-Fox/Titanus. Director Robert Aldrich; Producer Goffredo Lombardo, Joseph E. Levine; Screenplay Hugo Butler, Giorgio Prosperi; Camera Silvano Ippoliti, Mario Montuori, Cyril Knowles; Editor Peter Tanner; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Ken Adam
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 153 MIN.
  • With: Stewart Granger Pier Angeli Stanley Baker Anouk Aimee Rossana Podesta Claudia Mori
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