Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Belinda as Aphrodite

One of our favourite sites is the great PEPLUM ( where I found this full-version of the 1957 APHRODITE, GODDESS OF LOVE starring British Belinda Lee, a cult favourite of ours here - see the label entries. 
This is a better than average peplum, with some great moments and images, Belinda (1935-1961) was a Rank Organisation starlet who was popular in the 1950s, she also branched out into European cinema - peplums like APHRODITE, MESSALINA, MARIE OF THE ISLES, LUCREZIA BORIGA, that New Wave 1959 French film we like LES DRAGUEURS, the 1960 Italian THE LONG NIGHT OF '43 .... as well as others like SHE WALKS BY NIGHT and GHOSTS OF ROME with Marcello Mastroianni. 
Her English titles include NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT, MIRACLE IN SOHODANGEROUS EXILE (which I loved as a kid in 1957), THE BIG MONEY, FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG and she was one of the first BELLES OF ST TRINIANS in 1954. 
Sadly, she was killed in an automobile accident in 1961, aged 25 .... as per my other posts on her. Her husband Rank photographer Cornel Lucas took some great photographs of her. This is her memorial in a cemetry in Rome ....

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