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Ancient Civilizations in Film

Coriolanus (1963)

William Shakespeare. BBC production, 1983. Cast: Anthony Pedley, Foss Ackland, Irene Worth, Teddy Kempner, Alan Howard, Peter Sands. 60 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Giants of Thessaly (aka. I Giganti della Tessaglia ; Gli argonauti ; The argonauts) (Italy | France, 1960)

Directed by Riccardo Freda. Cast: Roland Carey, Ziva Rodann, Alberto Farnese, Massimo Girotti. Jason and Orpheus leave Thessaly on a quest for the magical Golden Fleece. On their adventures they encounter an assortment of monsters, wizards and a witch. 73 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gladiator (UK / USA, 2000)

Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris. In the year 180, after the death of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, Maximus, one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals is stripped of his rank and sold into slavery, as Marcus's devious son, Commodus, ascends to the thrown.

Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (Italy / Spain, 1959)

Director Pietro Francisci. Cast: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Ivo Garrani. Hercules, the half-god superhero, travels to the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus in order to tutor Iphitus, son of King Pelias, in the art of combat. Dubbed in English. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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HerculesЖ (1997)

Disney. Voices: Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods. Animated, musical adaptation of the story of Hercules. Taken from the gods as a newborn and adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward, teenage pillar of strength. He discovers Zeus is his dad and home is on Mount Olympus. Hercules teams up with his pal Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil, a feisty personal trainer, as he matches wits with the comical hothead Hades. Special features: Includes The Making of Hercules. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

History of the World, Part 1 (1981)

Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Andreas Voutsinas, Shecky Greene, Sid Caesar, Mary-Margaret Humes. A humorous look at the ages of man. Includes eras through the French Revolution and some parts of history that never quite made it into the textbooks. 93 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I, Claudius (1976)

Director: Herbert Wise. Cast: Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt. A dramatization of Robert Graves' version of the times of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Claudius told through the dying Claudius as he sets down the history of his family. 13 videocassettes 754 min. pt. 1-13 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Intolerance (1916)

Directed by D.W. Griffith. Made in response to charges of racial prejudice following Griffith's Birth of a nation. Film uses four separate historical events from the fall of Babylon to the twentieth century to show that intolerance pervades in the minds of all people. Each story has its own set of characters. approx. 178 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

It's a Greek Life (1936)

Animated short. "Greek mythology is the setting for this romp. A bumbling centaur smithy is charged with fixing Mercury's winged sandals. When Mercury demands that the smithy repair his damaged winged shoes, our buddy has to try on the shoes, to the chagrin of his two duck companions. The lowly half-man/half-horse can't resist taking the shoes out for a test spin. Aspiring to be godlike, the centaur tries to emulate the winged flight of the vain, musclebound Mercury. When Mercury returns, he finds that his sandals are ruined!

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Directed by Don Chaffey. Jason is a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece which is guarded by a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomous Hydra, and an army of skeletons. 104 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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