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In the ancient Greek city of Ithaca, many impatiently await the return of their king Ulysses and his warriors from the Trojan War. Among these, Ulysses' devoted wife Penelope and his grown son Telemachus. But Ulysses' return is not eagerly awaited by everyone, especially by his enemies. They openly court Penelope and ask her to give her husband up for dead and re-marry one of the rowdy suitors who have taken up residence in her home since her husband's departure. However, Penelope clings to her belief that Ulysses will soon return. To appease the aggressive suitors, Penelope promises that she would re-marry as soon as she finishes weaving a large tapestry depicting Ulysses' deeds of bravery. In secret, she's unraveling the day's weaving, thus delaying the tapestry's completion. Penelope knows that her trick won't work forever. In Troy, Ulysses and his warriors use the Trojan Horse ruse to conquer the city. In his fervor, Ulysses destroys the Trojans' temple to Neptune, god of the sea,... Written by
Will there ever be a faithful version of Homer's epic?
I've recently viewed this film on video, and though I found it to be a much better than the awful 1998 TV movie, it still lacks an accurate portrayal of the main characters. Ulysses(Odysseus)is cunning, clever, ever testing those around him including his wife and son. He never reveals his true identity until he is certain he can trust the various characters he meets throughout his journey. For instance, in the English translation by Kennedy, Ulysses washes up on shore and feigns memory loss until he knows his hosts can be trusted. This is a display of his clever nature. However, in this version, Kirk Douglas portrays him as actually having lost his memory. There is very little of his clever nature portrayed anywhere in the film.
Also missing from this version is a portrayal of the goddess Athena who is so important to Homer's epic. Will there ever be a faithful version of this classic story?
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