Semple Jr. puts it, "Mike Hodges did a great job directing, but it was
sort of out of control, the whole thing. It was really designed around
the costumes." Aesthetics over substance really appears to be a running
I've said it once, I'll say it again. Flash Gordon is all about the mis-en-scene. It's a story from a kids' comic strip from the 30s that spawned serial movies that were for kiddie matinees. If you've ever seen those films, the DeLaurentiis version is like Ingmar Bergman in comparison. But that is immaterial. This is a film for the senses. The story and acting are of tertiary concern, if at all. Viewed this way, Flash Gordon is a great success.