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  • Oct 10 / 2017
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Film Review: 300 Spartans: A Greek Tragedy of a Movie! ★☆☆☆☆

Poster Artwork of the“300” movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is part of a series of articles about classics-related books and movies. Today I will review the movie “300”, based on the historical Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, when three hundred Spartans held back a huge Persian army for three days. I really loved the 1962 movie adaptation of these events, Rudolph Maté’s “The 300 Spartans”version, but was very disappointed in this new version, so disappointed that I have given it only one star. Here’s why… Continue Reading

  • Nov 03 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
TROY: A Tragedy of a Movie!!!
★★☆☆☆

Image for Troy movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

SPOILER ALERT!

I remember back in 2004 being thrilled that Hollywood had decided to adapt the Iliad into a movie. I was very naïve back then, and so I thought they might do Homer at least partial justice. The movie was very well received by the general public, making almost $500 million worldwide, but it failed to understand what the Iliad actually teaches us. Now, allow me to explain the movie’s good and bad points and why I have given it only 2 stars. Continue Reading

  • Jul 12 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
★★★★☆

From the television show I, Claudius

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Robert Graves’ famous novel I, Claudius was published in 1934 to great acclaim, and it has since enjoyed ongoing popularity. Unlike many novels, the book’s main character is not a strong, popular hero but a poor stammering fool despised by most of the other characters (and even by his own mother). At the same time, though, he may be the only honest man in the turbulent early years of the Roman Empire. Continue Reading