Site Columns By Caillan
January 11, 2002 - 10:29 AM

Hello World!

Apparently there are three (yes, count them, three) Alexander the Great film projects in the works, with a mini-series also supposedly on the way. One has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star, so I think I'll give that one the flick, but I'm looking forward to Ridley Scott's version.

I recently listened to the commentary track on my 'Gladiator' DVD and was very taken with his ideas about filming history, which are very similar to my own - artistic license is a good thing. Scott had an argument with some historians about whether the soldiers in the first battle scene would dip their arrows in a trench in front of them before firing - if it looks good on film, who cares? It's not as if the film purported to be a documentary - anyone who can be bothered to open a standard textbook would discover that Commodus didn't die in a fight in the arena. It's a work of fiction, so bending the rules in favour of a good story is okay in my book.

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