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Helen of Troy (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  12 October 2005 (USA)
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British historian Bettany Hughes tours the eastern Mediterranean in search of facts behind the legends of "the face that launched a thousand ships," exploring the ways Greeks made love and war circa 1300 B.C.


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British historian Bettany Hughes tours the eastern Mediterranean in search of facts behind the legends of "the face that launched a thousand ships," exploring the ways Greeks made love and war circa 1300 B.C.

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neoliberal history, or how I have stop worrying, and loved feminism
4 July 2013 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

As amateur historian, anyone can said to me that I am not authority on this, but nevertheless, I'll make a comment on this "movie". I have watched many documentaries & movies on Homer and Trojan war, and I have also watch many of Bettany Huges documentaries about general history, and all I can say about her view on history is that she is for history what Hellen of Troy was for Trojans. Since IMDb demands more lines, I will try to explain. Not a single one documentary she made (and Helen of Troy is no exception) didn't go without her pseudo-feminist BS. According to her, history is not linear progress of mankind (with many backward steps), but actually sporadic pop up of some "extrodinary" woman, around whom whole world (read men, God, Universe & everything else) dance like a puppets. Helen of Troy is one among them. Thus we got documentary in which "...beyond that, Helen is bigger even than a Homer". C,mon woman, you must be kidding. Even in this time of total erosion of values, going that far, and called yourself a historian... I can go on and on. Myceaneans and goddesses. Pudahepa of Hettites. Documentaries about Minoans or Spartans just add bitterness to final conclusion. Minoans who practice human sacrifice & cannibalism (even children) are advanced society cos "women have most prominent roll and they worship goddesses" (not gods). Spartans (remember the guys who thrown babies into abyss on smallest suspect that they can grow as weak) are also interesting, cos in their society woman was equal (in precisely what? Killing? Poetry?). We are lucky that history don't know any Astec queen, otherwise Bettany would make them look as peaceful loving nation. At least, this documentary was called more appropriate: not Myceaneans, not Trojans, but (only) Helen of Troy. On the other hand, full title is "In search of the real Helen of Troy". But this wasn't a search but merely promotion and certainly wasn't "real" Helen but more like real Bettany. History is not wishful thinking, but its blind and strait fact, the fact which Bettany failed to understand. So much about Hellen of Troy, and so much about Betany of History.

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