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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
¬St√©phane 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
¬F√©odor 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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