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The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 3

2 Jul


Streisand / Somewhere

Kings of the Sun / 1963

Don’t know how they got permission to use the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza
Hope they got a some good gold out of it. But it shouldn’t happen. 

No doubt who the Star was.

In his career George Chakiris did have his moments in the Sun (West Side Story, Diamond Head …)

Shirley Anne Field – beautiful, but not very Mayan.

Brad Dexter? Where have we seen him before?
In The Magnificent Seven (1960) also with Yul Brynner.

In Kings of the Sun, Brad gets a new hat. 

Chichen Itza and the Pyramid of Kukulkan

Before CGI there was people!!!

Those steps are steep and jagged.

Here come the Toltecs.

Storming the Pyramid of Kulkulkan.
A dangerous stunt.

Many of the 91 steps are jagged and uneven – and over 12 inches in height.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan incline is also a steep 45 degree angle.
Combined with heat and/or wind and you can have a real problem here.
And a fall on these steps would not be a happy event.

Don’t know what pyramid this is, but it’s a typical Mayan Pyramid.
Coming down is even more treacherous than going up.
Imagine if this guy had fallen at the top.

Coming down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkan.
You can see it’s no joke – even if you’re young.
I have to  think that they stopped people climbing on the Pyramid for 2 reasons:
– It was destroying the Pyramid.
– Safety. People were getting hurt.

So look at this scene!!! This is insane!
I’m guessing they performed this slowly – then sped up the footage for the Movie??
But it doesn’t look like it.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 2

26 Jun


epic-jungle-music / the-legend-of-el-dorado / Keepo

Kings of the Sun / 1963

Several Posters – not bad either. 
Notice the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza
in the bottom image of the poster above.

Epic I tell ya!

Part 3 coming …

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Kings of the Sun … Part 1

25 Jun


Kings of the Sun Soundtrack / Elmer Bernstein

Kings of the Sun / 1963

Yes, there was more than one movie made about the Maya.

In 1963 Kings of the Sun ‘blazed across the screen’.
 In the 60’s they loved these huge Historical Epic style films with hundreds
of Extras fighting in large battle scenes.
Not much CGI in those days. 

Reviews were lukewarm. Yet I wonder if this won’t be one of those movies
that becomes more appreciated over time.

One thing you can say about the existing Studio systems of that era 
is that they found and developed great Stars.

One of those great Stars was Yul Brynner.
Even in a lousy Movie Yul’s charisma dominated the Screen.
And guaranteed Box Office.

Between 1944 and 1976 Yul made about 47 Movies –
many of them were Epic style Action productions.

Just a few of Yul’s Epics.

Looks invincible doesn’t he?
He wasn’t. 
Slain my lung cancer in 1985.
He was 65.

Next: Kings of the Sun / Part 2

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … We Never Left …

19 Jun


Chichen Itza Mexico

Why did the Maya abandon their magnificent temple cities?

Drought?; War?; Spaniard?; Disease? …
no Starbucks? … ??

All of the above?

Maybe none of the above?

Somebody knows. 

As the Spring and Fall equinox sun sets, a diamond-backed snake (shadow)
makes a snaky pattern on the way down the pyramid staircase.
Here people gather and celebrate.
The Mayan may have left their Temple Cities, 
but they did not leave. 
Many still practice their religions
such as Popul Vuh.
And speak their native language and dialects. 
They are still here.

The Yucatan / Chichen Itza ………… The Sound of the Serpent

17 Jun


Ancient Mayan Music / Tsompantli

It would appear that Sound was deliberately built into a lot of Mayan architecture.
How they knew how to do this we may never know? 

And the fact that the echo sound of the Quetzal bird
was discovered at the Pyramid of Kukulkan
and recreated is almost equally amazing. 

Were those who reconstructed the Pyramid aware of this phenomenon? 
And even if they were, what were the chances their reconstruction
would successfully achieve this result?

And since only 2 sides of the Pyramid have been restored
we don’t know what the the other 2 might have offered.

This brings us to the 2nd sound phenomenon:

The Sound of the Serpent
at The Temple of the Warriors

Truly amazing. 
And since there was once a roof over that structure the sound/echo
would likely have been even more pronounced.

Up Next: 
Play Ball!

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Apocalypto … 2006

12 Jun


Apocalypto Soundtrack / Words Through the Sky / james-horner

“No one can outrun their destiny”

Wrong.
Anybody can. 

If you know how.

Must have been a very tough movie to make:
Jungle, mosquitoes, snakes, all kinds of crap/challenges/obstacles.
But it’s a good movie.
Graphic in places (of course). Mel never holds back on the heavy stuff:
Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Hacksaw Ridge …
Made in 2006. And since we’re making discoveries about the Maya everyday,
(I’m not confident we’ll ever get a handle on them)
it’s pretty hard to get everything right.
This is NOT a documentary however.
Unusual Cast. N
o Yul Brynners or Elizabeth Taylors here. Most unknown.
Yet they do a very good job. Let’s give a nod to Director Mel for that.
Visually stunning.
Rewatchable.
Excellent job.  

Movie Making. Easy as pie.

No coughing!

The eyes of a child.

The ways of Men.

Mayan Blue.

Something’s coming …. 

Something not good …

About as bad as you can get.

Cometh butchers …
In guise of Gods. 

But the Maya have never died.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … How it was done …

5 Jun


mayan civilization music

 

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