Sunday, March 11, 2007

Movie Morning

Went to the 10:30am showing of 300 this morning. Loved it. Will definitely see it again, preferably on a larger screen.

While you're at the movie's web site, click on Making Of, then on Video Journals, and watch #3: Spartan training and #5: Stunt Work. Sweet.

MH has an interview with Butler, MF has a shorter one with Wenham.


At 4:02 PM , Blogger M@rla said...

Oh I am so NOT surprised you went to see that! What did you think of the historical accuracy? Was it reasonable? I've always liked that battle; as far as I'm concerned it's the last time the Spartans did anything praiseworthy.

And speaking of books, have you read any Mary Renault? Her fictional depictions of ancient Greece are so good they are referenced by scholars - but beyond that, she's a brilliant writer. One of my favorites isn't set in ancient times, it's "The Charioteer" set in WWII - current when she wrote it.

At 9:32 PM , Blogger Mich said...

My main concern re:reasonableness would be that it is faithful to / incorporates the elements of the Frank Miller comic book... :-) There's a good post about the history aspect here.

The nice thing is that it gave me an opening to talk about Thermopylae with my students both before and
after the movie opened, and now they know a little more about history than they did before. (How can a reasonably educated person not know about it?)

Haven't read Renault in years and years, may have to check her out again... my favorite historical fiction writer is Rosemary Sutcliff, mostly about Roman Britain. She wrote for kids, but her books are excellent, especially Eagle of the Ninth and The Lantern Bearers.


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