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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall.Written by
Renee Ann Byrd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This Crawford Production has been rescaned from a negative print and reframed for a 16:9 presentation and aired on the WIN Network in Australia in November 2017. See more »
[their final meeting before Shaka's return to his capital, where Shaka will be assassinated by his own aunt]
... Tell me - How do you catch a monkey?
Lt. Francis Farewell:
Well, a gourd is used... with a narrow neck. Bait is dropped into the gourd: a piece of fruit, or - or something shiny. The monkey puts his hand into the gourd to get the bait, and then he's trapped... because he can't get his fist out.
Once he realizes he's trapped, why doesn't the monkey let go of the bait?
Lt. Francis Farewell:
Because his greed makes him blind.
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Also released on video in an edited, 'feature length' version. See more »
Great action, atmosphere, acting: great miniseries
Although not a despot known to many, Shaka Zulu controlled an empire at the height of his power comparable to that of Napolean and was as brutal as Vlad the Impaler; this miniseries very successfully shows his rise to power, relationship with British envoys, and eventual fall.
As the mini-series opens, a solemn South African representative listens to the British elite, including Queen Victoria, belittle his people and then begs them to let his people keep their sovereignty. The series then flashbacks to the British embassy going to meet Shaka, running into trouble, and eventually earning his trust after an assassination attempt. The series then flashbacks to his rise to power from a young boy to the most powerful man on the continent of Africa. The flashbacks never get confusing, the story is always well told. The cinematography is brilliant, the acting (especially by Henry Cele in the title role) is very competent, and the characters are very compelling.
The series has a little something for everyone, although I think it would appeal more to history buffs like myself. In addition, there is substantial amounts of nudity, as most of the African women go around topless. While the nudity didn't detract from the narrative or become gratutitious, it is something to think about before letting younger viewers watch.
All in all i heartily recommend this mini-series, whether for a really, really rainy day or an hour at at time after work.
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