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Due for 2008 directed by John Boorman and featuring Antonio Banderas as the voice of Emperor Hadrian, the epic novel adaptation is coming to the silver screen!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467470/


Thoughts, concerns, etc, etc.

Plot Keywords state it is: Drama/Gay Interest so I dunno.... :?
Hoping its more Drama/Action Tongue
Yet another bastardization of history for mass market appeal. Get a decent actor at least.
Oh dear. Boorman also made Excalibur. I fear that we will see the head of Bar Kochba being brought to Hadrian with the sound of the Carmina Burana. :evil: :x shock:
Or Hadrian bedding his missus in full armour! :lol:

"Are you not entertained, my dear"?
C'mon guys, as an old artist friend used to say; "Only fools and children judge work half finished." :wink:

Boorman also made some great films: Point Blank, Deliverance, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General.
Quote:Boorman also made some great films: Deliverance

Oh! Hadrian playing the lyre really skilfully. Hmm. A certain tune come to mind... Big Grin
I'd like to say a word in defence of Excalibur - it is no worse than any other attempt to put Arthur (certainly not the woeful most recent attempt) on screen and does get some sense of the mysticism. There is a "The adventures of the Young Arthur' or something like that which was very good - had Brian Blessed and that guy from The Smuggler in it - a BBC production.

Cheers

Murray
As I remember it Boorman really wanted to do a film about Merlin, but could not get the backing ($) from any studio to do a film just about that. However a story involving Arthur was an easier sell. I think this is why Merlin is a more fully realized character and his bits work much better than some other aspects of the film.

Overall I think Boorman is an interesting film maker but will he do justice to Hadrian? (Does Hadrian deserve justice? :lol: ) That of course remains to be seen and Tarbicus is quite right -- we need to see/know more about this production before passing judgment.

Gladiator was on cable last night and watching the opening battle...those helmets Confusedhock: :? (

Perhaps someone should send Boorman and/or his production team a link to this web site. As we all know it will not cost them that much more (if any more at all) to get the costumes historically correct. What we are fighting against is the prevailing perception of what everyone thinks Romans should look like as opposed to what they really looked like (Thanks Hollywood :roll: ).

Once again I will hope for the best... :?

:wink:

Narukami
Quote:Overall I think Boorman is an interesting film maker but will he do justice to Hadrian? (Does Hadrian deserve justice? :lol: )
Dunno about Hadrian, but Yourcenar certainly deserves some publicity.
Quote:I'd like to say a word in defence of Excalibur - it is no worse than any other attempt to put Arthur (certainly not the woeful most recent attempt) on screen and does get some sense of the mysticism.

I agree. Enjoyed that film and I saw it very young (too young probably!)

But it interested me later when i was older to research King Arthur and the era ... so when i was fifteen I knew all that plate armour in the film and huge two-handers was nonsense. And of course the magic stuff, LOL. :wink:
Quote:I agree. Enjoyed that film and I saw it very young (too young probably!)

Yeah, me too. My parents sent me to bed after about 20 minutes :oops:
:lol: :lol:

Lucky for me, mine thougtht it was a kids movie just because it had knights and horses ... I popped the video in the player, they took a glance, and went away, leaving me alone to watch in entirety, haha!
(yeah I was a latchkey kid :oops: )
I enjoyed the book. It's more of a philosophical/psychological works, so I wouldn't expect huge mass scenes, battles etc. Well, it's Hadrian's memoirs, so more "in his head" by nature.
Quote: It's more of a philosophical/psychological works ... Well, it's Hadrian's memoirs, so more "in his head" by nature.

I like books written like that. they give you insight into the character and what they're thinking.

Who wrote this novel? (sorry, I'd never heard of it before I saw this thread)
Quote:Who wrote this novel? (sorry, I'd never heard of it before I saw this thread)
Mémoires d'Hadrien, by Yourcenar. One of the few really convincing novels about Antiquity.
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