Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Ancient Times (3600 BC-500 AD)
For the third week of March of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the period of Ancient times from 3600 BC to 500 AD. A period in which was the formation of civilization, the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and the time of the Romans. There are many films based on that period and so here are three picks:
Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 film is definitely ambitious yet it manages to capture what life was like in biblical times where humanity was kind of in disarray. It is a flawed film yet it does have some sprawling visuals and a phenomenal cast that play into the early years of the formation of Earth. It is also a look into those early years of humanity and how chaotic it was forcing a man to do what is right for his family and for the animals who would bring life to a new world.
2. Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare definitely has a fondness for the period of the Romans as it’s no surprise that his story about the assassination of Julius Caesar is one of his most popular dramas. In this film version by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, it’s more about the men who were involved in not just Julius Caesar’s assassination but also the ones who want to avenge it. The casting itself is just tremendous with Marlon Brando as Marc Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, Edmund O’Brien as Casca, and Deborah Kerr as Portia. It’s really a film that captures that moment in history into some of the unruly aspects of civilization.
3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
If there is anyone that would find humor in the period in which Jesus Christ would be a figure of importance. It would the comedy troupe Monty Python as the film was originally supposed to make fun of Jesus but it turned out he was too cool to be made fun of. Instead, the film is about a guy who was born a few homes away from where Jesus was born who is mistaken to be the Messiah. It’s truly one of the funniest films ever made as well as probably some of the best commentary about some of the fallacies of religion and faith.
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