Alexander the Great (Bilingual)
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AN EPIC FILM THAT FOLLOWS THE LIFE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT, THEMACEDONIAN KING THAT UNITED ALL ANCIENT GREEK TRIBES AND LEDTHEM AGAINST THE VAST PERSIAN EMPIRE. ALEXANDER CONQUERED MOSTOF THE THEN KNOWN WORLD AND CREATED A GREEK EMPIRE THAT SPANNED ALL THE WAY FROM THE BALKANS TO INDIA.
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But Rossen obviously wanted to make an "intelligent" epic. Some of the script and casting reflect that. The supporting cast has a number of respected British thesps -Claire Bloom, Harry Andrews, Peter Cushing, Michael Hordern, Stanley Baker. But there are also a lot of Italians whose dialogue is dubbed by those same two guys who did all the film dubbing in the 1950's. One can only wonder who chose Fredric March (hammy as ever) as Philip of Macedon or Danielle Darrieux (who apparently had only one facial expression) as his mischievous queen.
But the critical casting was Richard Burton as Alexander. He certainly looks the part, despite the blonde hair. But he frequently suffers from his career-long inability to adapt his stage-acting technique to the more intimate demands of cinema. Or maybe that's how he thought a wannabe god should behave. You sit there praying for him to lighten up - just a little.
For the rest, the many battle scenes tend to be confusing rather than spectacular, the uncertain pace suggests a lot of pre-release cuts were made, and the music not only sounds primitive but seems to have been recorded in somebody's basement. Still, the film is an interesting failure. But you end up admiring its ambitions more than its results.
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je suis content de ce film car j'ai toutes la collection de Alexandre le grand en dvd vendeur a+++++ livraison+++Published on Dec 11 2012 by koskys
Richard Burton, hair dyed blond, wandering around in a miniskirt. A movie only Liz Taylor could love. DragsPublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Robert M. Bird
I truly do not recommend this movie to anyone who wants to know about Alexander the Great. I have been reading about the Great Macedonian for four years and I connot explain how... Read morePublished on April 5 2000
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