SODOM AND GOMORRAH
Monday, December 11
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Starring Stewart Granger, Anouk Aimée and Stanley Baker
(1963) Stewart Granger’s Hebrew chieftain Lot is all for co-existence with the title cities, even going toe-to-toe with the invading Elamites in their support, but is he being played for a sucker by the cities’ scheming siblings Anouk Aimée and Stanley Baker? 35mm print courtesy Cineteca di Bologna. Approx. 154 min.
“A spectacular and arresting experience, and surely one of the more interesting of the wave of costume epics… Vast sets designed by Ken Adam were built in Morocco, English effects experts were brought in, Maurice Binder did the titles and the legendary Miklos Rozsa composed the impressive music score. Unlike most other Biblical epics of the time, the film made from Butler’s script doesn't serve as an allegory about contemporary politics — i.e., the plight of modern Israel, the Communist threat. More in line with Aldrich’s violent view of human nature, it instead preaches that peaceful coexistence among nations may be impossible.”
– Glenn Erickson