• Jesus Franco – Maciste Contre la Reine des Amazones AKA The Lustful Amazon (1974)

    1971-1980AdventureEroticaFranceJesus Franco

    In medieval France, traveler Pygar tells he-man Karzan (Maciste in the French version) of his recent journey to a place called Antigua, and of its entire community of Amazons promising undreamed of sexual satisfaction to any man who comes upon them. More importantly, Pygar tells of a fortune in gold. Karzan/Maciste, is persuaded to undertake the journey in search of riches, unaware that Pygar is in collusion with the Amazon Queen to actually deliver Maciste as a slave stud to help rejuvenate the race. The expedition is ambushed, Maciste is placed into the Amazons’ service, and Pygar, along with one of the Amazon women, Yuka, attempt to swipe a fortune in gold for themselves.Read More »

  • Régis Wargnier – Man to Man (2005)

    2001-2010AdventureDramaFranceRégis Wargnier

    An epic about anthropologists who hunt and capture pygmies for study back in Europe, in an attempt to illustrate the missing link between man and ape.Read More »

  • Piero Pierotti & Hugo Fregonese – Marco Polo (1961)

    Hugo Fregonese1961-1970AdventureEpicPiero PierottiUSA

    The mightiest adventurer of them all! In this sumptuous sword-and-sandal feast, Rory Calhoun (Apache Territory, The Colossus of Rhodes) stars as Marco Polo, the legendary 13th-century explorer who journeys to China with the aim of expanding world trade. There he meets Princess Amuroy, amorously played by Yôko Tani (The Savage Innocents, Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World), and an old hermit who has just invented gunpowder. With this explosive new “magic,” Marco builds a special cannon and spearheads a rebellion against an evil warlord. Directed by Piero Pierotti (Hercules and the Masked Rider) with additional scenes by Hugo Fregonese (The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse), it’s an epic, action-packed peplum adventure in sweeping CinemaScope and eye-popping Technicolor.Read More »

  • Ludwig Berger & Michael Powell & Tim Whelan & Alexander Korda & Zoltan Korda & William Cameron Menzies – The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

    1931-1940AdventureAlexander KordaFantasyLudwig BergerMichael PowellTim WhelanUnited KingdomWilliam Cameron MenziesZoltan Korda

    In ancient Bagdad, the young prince Ahmad (John Justin) is betrayed, deposed, and imprisoned by his vizier Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), an evil and calculating man who is also a master of the Black Arts. But Ahmad is saved from prison, and certain execution, by Abu (Sabu), a young thief who has made his way in life by stealing whatever he needs. Together they escape from Bagdad and make their way to the port city of Basra, where they hope to sign to sail with the renowned sailor Sinbad. But Ahmad chances to catch a glimpse of the daughter (June Duprez) of the Sultan (Miles Malleson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), and falls hopelessly in love with her. Read More »

  • Yakov Bazelyan & Sergei Parajanov – Andriesh (1954)

    1951-1960AdventureFantasySergei ParajanovUSSRYakov Bazelyan

    A major foreshadowing of Paradjanov’s later work, the visually prodigious Andriesh is an entertaining tale about a young shepherd who is given a magic shawm (a flutelike instrument) to help him conquer his foes. With its flying sheep, evil wizards, and storm demons—all captured in the gloriously artifical palette of fifties Soviet color stock—Andriesh has the kind of eye-popping, whirlwind weirdness of Paradjanov’s last films, Suram Fortress and Ashik Kerib.Read More »

  • Jacques Besnard – Estouffade à la caraïbe AKA The Looters (1967)

    1961-1970AdventureCrimeFranceJacques Besnard

    One for all the Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Seberg completists.

    Guy Bellinger wrote:
    Morgan, a lapsed burglar, is drugged and shanghaied on board a yacht by beautiful Colleen. When he comes to, the athletic young man learns that Colleen and her friends want him to break open the vaults of a Caribbean island where a ruthless dictator has deposited a treasure stolen from his people. Despite the way he has been treated, Morgan accepts the mission. The group, supported by local resistant fighters, storm the fortress, but Colleen’s father gets killed during the attack. The treasure is finally retrieved and is returned to the people. Morgan and Colleen will say yes to each other for better or for worse.Read More »

  • Franklin J. Schaffner – Planet of the Apes (1968)

    1961-1970AdventureFranklin J. SchaffnerSci-FiUSA

    In the year 3978A.D. a spaceship with a crew of 4 crashes down on a distant planet. One of the crew members had died in space and the other 3 head out to explore the planet. They soon learn that the planet is much like their own. They then find the planet is inhabited by intelligent apes. One of the men is shot and killed and the others are taken to the apes’ city. There, one undergoes brain surgery and is put into a state of living death. The other befriends some of the apes but is feared by most. After being put through ape trial he escapes with a female human native to the planet. After helping his ape friends escape a religious heresy trial he escapes out into the wilderness with the female. There he learns the planet might not be so distant after all…Read More »

  • William A. Kirkley – Orange Sunshine (2016)

    William A. Kirkley2011-2020AdventureDocumentaryUSA

    Orange Sunshine is the never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California, which became the largest suppliers of LSD during the 60’s and 70’s. This feature-length doc follows their rise to star-status in Psychedelic movement and the “bad trip” that followed.Read More »

  • Jerzy Kawalerowicz – Faraon AKA Pharaoh (1966) (HD)

    1961-1970AdventureEpicJerzy KawalerowiczPoland

    Polish director Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s long gestated film adaptation of Bolesław Prus’ historical novel PHARAOH is an ambitious endeavor, dazzles in its epic scale and formalist gravitas with an exclusive Polish cast, which leads to one prescribed proviso: for purists, it is beggar belief to watch a movie about ancient Egyptians where everyone sports Polish through and through; but other than that, the film is a marvel orchestrated with vigor, mettle and pathos.Read More »

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