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Coming soon...

February 28th, 2009 (09:24 pm)

Bits and pieces are beginning to crop up about Alejandro Amenábar’s current production Agora, a story about the Roman Egyptian philosopher and atheist Hypatia. It stars Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella, and is coming from Focus Features. In English (although most of the news seems to be from the Spanish media).

From Variety

Some of these include spoilers, depending on how much you know about Hypatia as an historical figure:

I'm looking forward to this. It's coming across as the kind of historical flick that pushes you into tracking down the history (which I enjoy). It also looks like it introduces some shades of gray into the presentation of atheism and Christianity, which would be a (nice) change. And it is Amenábar, director of Mar adentro (The Sea Inside), The Others, and Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes, the Spanish film remade as Vanilla Sky).

Should be out in December (chasing after that Oscar already). But something to keep an eye out for.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Tracking down the history

Given what the writer-director has said about this movie, it doesn't seem like he tracked down the history much at all. He's simply perpetuated some myths about Hypatia as a "martyr for science and reason". See http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2009/05/agora-and-hypatia-hollywood-strikes.html for an atheist's analysis of the real history and the myths this movie seems to want to propagate.

Posted by: lady_wakasa (lady_wakasa)
Posted at: June 24th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Re: Tracking down the history
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Thanks for sharing that (and sorry I just caught your comment).

You point was really what I was getting at: the project pushes you towards finding out more about the known history, to see what the story seemingly gets and misses.

To me, the best way do to that is to find a number of perspectives (and, hopefully, some credible history), and make your decisions about the story that way. Your link looks to do just that.

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