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Friday April 20th 2018

The Last Days Of Sodom And Gomorrah | 1962

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah location: Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah location: twin cities of sin: Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

God destroys two cities, notorious for their gross decadence (though, since this is 1962, the debauchery doesn’t seem to go much beyond leering), while tight-ass Lot (Stewart Granger) and his snotty-nosed cronies escape.

This turgid epic was jointly directed by Robert Aldrich (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) and a pre-Dollars Sergio Leone.

Touted as a real shocker in its day, the film now ambles along on Saturday afternoon TV, but at least has the benefit of spectacular location filming. The battle scenes and the flood were staged near Marrakech in Morocco.

The twin cities of sin are portrayed by Aït Ben Haddou, the spectacular desert town about twenty miles northwest of Ouarzazate on the Marrakech road (frequently seen onscreen, in films such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia).