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Alexander the Great (1956)

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An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that united all ancient greek tribes and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of... See full summary »

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An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that united all ancient greek tribes and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Danielle Darrieux played Richard Burton's mother in the film, despite only being eight years older than him. See more »

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When the soldiers find Darius' chariot, there are dual cutting blades attached to the wheels. Seconds later, when the chariot is driven away, the blades are gone. Not enough time elapsed for the blades to be removed. See more »

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Aristotle: Wonders are many, but none is more wonderful than man himself.
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Lavish and dramatic epic about the greatest conqueror being spectacularly filmed in Spain
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Historic , big-budgeted and breathtaking epic movie with stunningly battle scenes but overlong and a little boring pacing ; being subsequently remade by Oliver Stone (2003) in a mammoth version. The movie centers about Alexander the Great (Richard Burton at his stormy best and subsequently played by Colin Farrell) , the famous Greek conqueror of the fourth century and disciple of Aristoteles , he was born in Pella and died Babylone (356-323 B.C) . He was son of Philip II(Fredric March and posteriorly played by Val Kilmer) King of Macedonya who vanquished Greeks in Queronea , unified the cities and Greece in the league of Corinto, but he was murdered . It starts the year 326 B.C. in a divided , troubled , bloody Greece . Olympia (a delightful Danielle Darrieux , ulterior role by Angelina Jolie), Alexander's mother , will make it impossible to rule over for her son and proclaim him emperor . Alexander, disciple of Aristoteles (Barry Jones , subsequent role by Christopher Plummer), will fight against Persians commanded by Dario the Grat (Harry Andrews) who will be vanquished in Granico, Issos and Gaugamela. Alexander conquered Tracia , destroyed Tebas , submitted Capadocia, Lydia , Biblos , Sidon , Tiro , Jerusalen , Persepolis , Susa , Babylone (with firing included), Mesopotamia , Asyria and founded Alexandropolis . Alexander resolved the Gordian knot (by king Gordio) whose prophecy would become him as King of Asia . But a vengeful Alexander kills various friends and generals as Cleitos (Gustavo Rojo) , Parmenius (Niall MacGuinnis) and Philotas (Ruben Rojo) . Emperor Alexander married Babylonian princess named Roxana and arrived in Samarcanda, Khiver pass (Afganistan) , Hifasis and India , crossed the Hindo-Kush where he was infected by fevers and died at 33 years old (323 before Christ). The empire will split amongst various generals : Ptolemy inherits Egypt and Palestina, ; Antioco : Antioquia ; Seleuco takes Syria , and Casandro rules over Macedonia and Greece .

Big budget epic about the legendary Greek conqueror . Here we find Alexander is the result of a dysfunctional royal family who wishes to create an idealized world modeled in Greek style , this he does by conquering around the world before dying at the age of 33 years old. The overall casting is important , the remarkable ¨middle order actors¨ include prestigious British actors as Peter Cushing , Stanley Baker , Niall MacGuinnis , Claire Bloom, , Michael Hordern as Demosthenes , Helmut Dantine , Barry Jones and Spanish actors as Marisa De Leza as Euridice , Gustavo Rojo , Ruben Rojo , Julio Peña , Virgilio Texeira and many others . The great main and secondary casting help to overcome the sluggish developing . Runtime film is overlong and is a little bit tiring because the running is two hours and some and it tires too much. At the picture there are historic events, overwhelming battles, spectacular scenarios and gorgeous landscapes . First rate production design : impressive temples, palaces, monuments..,the several battle scenes are effectively staged by thousands of people , featuring loads of arrows and spears . Grateful acknowledge meant is made of the co-operation shown by the Spanish government , its Army, the Ministry of Information and Turismo and to the officials and people of the various localities in Spain in which this film was made as Madrid , Manzanares , El Molar and Malaga. Colorful and riveting cinematography by Robert Krasker , in Techniclor and Cinemarcope ; similarly to extraordinary and fascinating Mario Nascimbene's music score , being well conducted by Franco Ferrara . Robert Rossen's direction is nice though some moments results to be a bit confusing and embarrassing . Rating : Although is a much underrated epic turns out to be a good movie .


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