http://ping.fm/p/BG9uP – Agora (2009):
By, Alejandro Amenbar
Set in Alexandria, Egypt. 391 A.D.
The World Changed Forever
Summary: “An allegory: fourth century Christians as Taliban. Alexandria, 391: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city’s Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the great institutions of learning and governance may not survive. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city’s prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. The Christians enforce public morality; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then women. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she’s concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and the brotherhood of all. What place is there for her?”
I really liked this movie. It was very well done despite some of the inaccuracies, but at the same time there is little proof to go on. A lot if the events have very different stories regarding them. Though one thing is sure, it depicts religion quite nicely. I suggest people watch this movie. If not for the retelling of an old story, then for the acting and great depiction of it all. Plus it has great scenery to go with and a bit of side boob and gore.