Monday, August 2, 2010

Agora Now Playing in the U.S.

...featuring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia of Alexandria, contemporary with the political goings-on in the early Christian church during the late Roman Empire. I haven't yet seen it, but I hope there's more buzz about this relevant film in the atheist blogosphere. You can find an extensive review here.


FLJustice said...

I saw Agora when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz' performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorted some history in pursuit of his art. The Great Library of Alexandria didn’t end as he depicted and Synesius wasn’t such a jerk. However, that’s what artists do. I don’t go to movies for accurate history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography by Maria Dzielska called Hypatia of Alexandria (Harvard Press, 1995.) I also have a series of posts on my blog on the events and characters from the film - not a movie review, just a “reel vs. real” discussion.

Michael Caton said...

Thanks for the sources - it's out here in San Diego too. I haven't seen it yet but when I do I'm definitely going to compare against the articles on your blog and the discussions following them.

FLJustice said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog, Michael. I hope you enjoy the movie!