Thursday, April 1, 2010
Duccio Tessari from HERCULES to TITANI
Duccio Tessari: ERCOLE ALLA CONQUISTA DI ATLANTIDE (aka HERCULES CONQUERS ATLANTIS, aka HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN) had a peace-loving Hercules, in a context that already was a little bit science fiction, with a kind of atomic bomb that destroyed Atlantis; the radiations, the Nazis and all the rest. With ARRIVANO I TITANI (aka SONS OF THUNDER, aka MY SON THE HERO), I pressed on much further in that direction, thanks also to the help of (producer Franco) Cristaldi, and I was able to do a film that was decidedly epic-satirical. I used a lot of music in this way, for example, when the Negro is running away, he smashes down a little bridge that crosses a brook, and there's a musical comment like THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, and that's how it went. There were comedic tones and very witty dialogue. At the end, the Titans look at each other, they look at the public, and they exclaim "This has truly been a titantic production." This film, which was greatly liked in France, was a little bit like the end of the genre, because at this point, it was the only one to have desecrated it.