Amanuensis (amanuensis1) wrote,
Amanuensis
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Still not Mary Renault, but I'll take what I can get.

I meant to mention this: I did actually get myself a copy of the, what, nineteenth cut?, of the film Alexander, this one called Alexander Revisited, and annoying as the prospect was to have to endure a so-so film three separate times just to look for the manlove--I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think Alexander is ever going to be better than a so-so movie, but this three-and-a-half-hour version was the best one, offering some actual characters instead of "names walking through events," which is the impression the shorter cuts gave me. By restoring a lot of the talk to the talky scenes, Stone won a little more depth, a little more honest motivation for his characters; there was a feel of a mini-series at work. It engaged me quite a bit more. And I'm not just saying this because Bagoas got lines this time. (You'll either hate or love his accent.) So if you were thinking of hunting down one of the DVDs out of curiosity, do make it this version.
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