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The Colossus of Rhodes

Released 1961
Distributor MGM

About The Colossus of Rhodes

Seven years before conducting a master class on the art of widescreen composition in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, Sergio Leone made his credited directorial debut (he had previously stepped in to finish most of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII when the original director fell ill) with this equally epic sword and sandal film starring American cowboy actor Rory Calhoun. Leone’s dynamic framing of the towering statue at the center of the film combined with the frenetic action scenes set on top of it made sure the Saturday matinee crowd stayed glued to their seats for the film’s excessive 128 min. running time (an uncut German dvd is available with an extra 15 minutes of mayhem and political intrigue).

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smithhas been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting. (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.)  His cult favorites include The Man from Hong KongTurkey ShootBMX BanditsStunt RockThe Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s.   He recently directed The Cabin, a blended family romantic comedy starring Lea Thompson, which premiered on Hallmark, and Absolute Deception, a female driven suspense mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Emmanuelle Vaugier which is now available on DVD, PPV, and via download. He is currently shooting a quirky buddy action comedy Hard Drive with John Cusack and Thomas Jane.  Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Ph.D.  His dream project - the true story of England's most maligned King of England, Richard the Third.