Titanus and Hollywood create a milestone in the history of epic cinema
An American master reconstructs the Biblical city famed for its vices, with a helping hand from Sergio Leone
A huge international success that still knows how to enchant fans of epic blockbusters
Sodoma e Gomorra has become a legendary work within a very specific category of films: already complicated productions that got out-of-hand and ended up costing far too much. A lot has been written about this entrepreneurial project undertaken by Titanus to ally itself with Hollywood in an attempt to break into the international market, about the infuriating battles with director Robert Aldrich who continually broke the budgetary limitations imposed, about the Moroccan sandstorms that resulted in prolonged shooting times and bloated costs, about the intervention of Sergio Leone, called to direct some of the battle scenes. Often, all this back-story surrounding its production can lead people to forget that Sodoma e Gomorra is a spectacular blockbuster of a film: highly entertaining, rhythmic, romantic, sadistic, riotous, cruel and also sensual (within the censorial limits of the times). As with any great self-respecting epic, no one should ever expect it to be bound by time or money or a sense of proportion. And with regards this specific film, there is also the tendency to forget another important fact: when all was said and done, it was also a considerable box office success. And over time, audiences have kept on loving it.
Sex, torture and betrayal in the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, the leader of the Jews, believes that his people can live alongside the inhabitants of Sodom, who dedicate themselves to sinful living. A terrible idea. The wrath of God silences the reprobates with catastrophic effects.