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The Ark of the Sun God
Exploding models and
papier-mâché falling columns, accompany the adventures of
Rick Spear a thief a little like Diabolik, which then becomes an
adventurer a little like Indiana Jones. Anthony M. Dawson or Antonio
Margheriti if you prefer, in "The Ark of the Sun God" tells a story
full of events and situations as always emphasizes the liveliness of
the Italian genre cinema.
He leaves for a moment the beloved Philippines and action movies, and
moves in Cappadocia, where he had previously directed "Il Mondo di Yor"
and create this story, full (of course) of famous actors and actresses
of the genre.
New Zealander David Warbeck appreciated in so many genre films is the
handsome thief Rick Spear, accompanied by beautiful and horny Carol.
Rick was hired by Lord Dean, the always ambiguous John Steiner, to
break into a safe in a villa. Actually the mission is a test. Lord Dean
wants to recover the scepter of King Gilgamesh buried in a lost city in
Cappadocia. It’s the same goal of the Emir Abdullah, played by
Aytekin Akkaya seen different times, and we appreciated in Turkish
movies, trying in every way to hinder Rick. Despite murders,
kidnappings and long chases, Rick Spear in the company of a Turkish
merchant and a homeless man who is a guide, reach the lost city. In the
bowels of the earth, behind a golden door there is the precious
artifact, but also a river of lava and archaic but functional safety
systems. The many adventures and cunning of Rick and his companions,
allows recovering the scepter, to eliminate bad and close the story in
the most classic happy ending. All happy, including the always
ambiguous John Steiner.
Margheriti apart from the excellent cast that performs their duty can
count on the usual wide range of homemade special effects. Craft but
highly effective models of houses, temples and cars that joined the
actors creating a nice effect. Good behind the camera and expert in
action movies (as well sci-fi) the Roman director directs an
adventurous comic predictable and a bit 'didactic. But apart from the
usual simplifications to let the story go ahead this movie is not
boring. "A light film and perhaps among the least effective of
Margheriti, but of which we preserve a beautiful memory" it’s the
comments of the director's son Edoardo, even the best description of
one of the many movies of this eclectic filmmaker.
Technical data sheet
Original title: The Ark of the Sun God
Alternate Titles: Ark of the Sun God ... Temple of Hell, The Ark of the
Sun God (International) Das Zepter des Sonnengottes, Die dunkle Macht
des Sonnengottes, Die Überlebenden der Totenstadt (Germany), El
arca del Dios del Sol ( Spain), Saalistaja (Finland), Le temple du dieu
soleil (France), The Kivotos tou Iliou theou (Greece), A Napisten
Bárkája (Hungary), Jakten på tempelgullet (Norway),
A Arca de Fogo (Portugal), Ilâhlarin Hazinesi (Turkey),
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: David Warbeck, John Steiner, Aytekin Akkaya, Luciano Pigozzi, Ricardo Palacios, Susie Sudlow
Duration: 98 '
Production Company: Film Plant