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Alexander (2004)

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Original Title : Alexander
Director : Oliver Stone
Writer : Oliver Stone (I)
Christopher Kyle
Laeta Kalogridis
Genre : Adventure
Drama/War
Country : USA
UK
Germany
Netherlands
Language : English
Music : Vangelis
Photography : Rodrigo Prieto
Distributor : Intermedia Films
MPAA Rating : Rated R
IMDB ID : 0346491
Official site : http://alexander.film.de
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Starring

Anthony Hopkins Old Ptolemy
David Bedella Scribe
Jessie Kamm Child Alexander
Angelina Jolie Olympias
Val Kilmer Philip
Fiona O'Shaughnessy Nurse
Connor Paolo Young Alexander
Patrick Carroll III
Brian Blessed Wrestling Trainer
Peter Williamson V
Morgan Christopher Ferris Young Cassander
Robert Earley II
Aleczander Gordon Young Perdiccas
Christopher Plummer I
Gary Stretch Cleitus
John Kavanagh I
Nick Dunning I
Marie Meyer Eurydice
Mick Lally Horse Seller
Colin Farrell I
Jared Leto Hephaistion
Elliot Cowan Ptolemy
Joseph Morgan I
Ian Beattie Antigonus
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Cassander
Denis Conway Nearchus
Neil Jackson IV
Garrett Lombard Leonnatus
Chris Aberdein Polyperchon
Rory McCann Crateros
Michael Dixon IV
Tim Pigott-Smith Omen Reader
Raz Degan Darius
Erol Sander Persian Prince
Stéphane Ferrara Bactrian Commander
Tadhg Murphy Dying Soldier
Jean Le Duc Fat Eunuch
Francisco Bosch Bagoas
Annelise Hesme Stateira
Tsouli Mohammed Persian Chamberlain
Toby Kebbell Pausanius
Laird Macintosh Greek Officer
Rosario Dawson Roxane
Rab Affleck Attalus' Henchman
Féodor Atkine Roxane's Father
Harry Kent Cup Bearer
Sam Green VIII
Bin Bunluerit Indian King
Jaran Ngamdee Indian Prince
Brian McGrath Doctor
Suzanne Bullock Roxane dancer
Kate Elouise Roxane dancer
Gillian Grueber Roxane dancer
Michelle Lukes Roxane dancer
Anjali Mehra Roxane dancer
Anthony Jean Marie Kurt Bagoas dancer
Marta Barahona Bagoas dancer
Monica Zamora Bagoas dancer
Benny Maslov Bagoas dancer
Tania Matos Bagoas dancer
Leighton Morrison Bagoas dancer
Isaac Mullins Bagoas dancer
Monica Perego Bagoas dancer
Matthew Powell Bagoas dancer
 

Plot

Alexander' traces the short, but adventerous life of the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.), whom conquered almost the entire known world of his era. From his childhood as the son of King Philip, to acending the thrown at age 20 in 336 B.C. upon his father's murder, and starting in 334 B.C., Alexander crossed into Asia on his 11-year conquest of the known world. From his conquests of Egypt, to battles with the Persians and the capture of Babylon, operations near Maracanda and in Afghanistan, and pushing all the way to India where he reigned unchallenged before his sudden death at age 32. Though Alexander made use of the well-oiled army created by his father, he pushed the limits of Macedonian & Greek power to levels King Philip could not have dreamed of.
 

Comments

This film presents an intense psychological investigation of the character of Alexander of Macedon. It is thoroughly immersed in the moral, political and philosophical climate of Grecian antiquity, In many ways it bears somewhat of a resemblance to Fellini's "Satyricon" of thirty-five years earlier. There is the similar re-appearance of the Cyclops-like characters, the shrew-like "luna" characters with their sensual but corresponding dark sides, a "token" love garden, the tinted filter/lens effect on specific scenes and the stunning "pagan" beauty evident in the set design. It also features male leads who share a code of honour and love between them. A love which in its "highest" spiritual form was representative as a means of transcendent personal growth and valor, ideas passed down from Plato to Aristotle. Chronological occurrences of Alexander's campaigns and political successes take a back seat as a result, disappointing many more intent on an all-inclusive rendering from this perspective. The variety of spoken accents form a type of "primordial soup" much like Fellini used in "Satyricon" as well, a curiosity thought by some to be symbolic of Jung and his theories of a "collective unconscious" wherein all language is simply an outward babbling to personify the universally shared life experience of all people. There were some cosmetic concerns, most notably Alexander's badly tinted hair and eyebrows. The excessive black eyeliner worn by Hephaestion is a look that does appear periodically on vases and frescoes. However, underneath all of the controversy lies the character of a deeply passionate man with his seemingly many strengths and weaknesses, attempting to grow and to love without limitation in accordance with his own perspective and level of understanding. Kudos to Colin for possessing the maturity and depth to present Alexander's complex personality and feelings with so much intensity and dignity.
 
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