“Evil? How strange you are… Where I come from, nothing is evil. Everything that gives pleasure is good!”
Lot (Stewart Granger) leads a group of nomadic Hebrews into the land of Sodom — ruled by a cruel queen (Anouk Aimee) and her brother (Stanley Baker) — and soon takes a former slave (Pier Angeli) as his wife. But will he and his people (including his two grown daughters) help tame the Sodomites, or will their hedonistic new homeland be a corrupting influence?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Biblical Stories
- Historical Drama
- Morality Police
- Robert Aldrich Films
Peary presumably lists this big-budget Biblical epic in the back of his GFTFF due to Robert Aldrich being at the helm — though he could also simply be promoting it for its potential camp value. Regardless, it’s a pretty over-ripe and simplistic affair, with villainy (personified by the sexually deviant Aimee and Baker):
pitted against nobility (silver-haired Granger and his “reformed” wife) in a battle for morality.
There’s very little to fill the storyline and screen other than lengthy battle scenes, colorful costumes, and plenty of extras.
The most famous element of Lot’s grim story takes place within the last few minutes, and is reasonably well handled, though not worth the slog until then.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Impressive big budget sets
- Miklos Rozsa’s majestic score
No; feel free to skip this one.