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Ancient Civilizations in Film

The Three Ages (1916)

Directed by Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline. Keaton's first feature film, a parody of Griffith's "Intolerance," with Buster in prehistoric days, ancient Rome and in modern times. approx. 58 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Trojan Women (1971)

Director, Michael Cacoyannis. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Patrick Magee. Set at the end of the Trojan War, all the Trojan warriors and princes are dead and the women and children are left to be divided among the conquerors. An indictment against the horror and futility of war. 105 min. ;

Titus (1999)

Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Fraser, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathain Rhys Meyers. Potent, time-bending adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, about a Roman general whose rigid code of honor and duty proves to be his downfall. Tamora, queen of the Goths, is his prisoner who plots revenge in this examination of violence -- its cause and effect -- as it relates to modern society. 162 min.

Titus Andronicus

BBC. Director Jane Howell, c1985. Trevor Peacock (Titus), Aileen Atkins (Tamora), Hugh Quarshie (Aaron), Brian Protheroe (Saturninus), Nicholas Gecks (Bassianus), Gavin Richards (Lucius), Anna Calder-Marshall (Lavinia). 168 min. ;

Troy (2004)

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Julian Glover, Brian Cox, Nathan Jones, Adoni Maropis, Jacob Smith, Brad Pitt, John Shrapnel, Brendan Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Peter O'Toole. In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband, Menelaus, precipitating an epic war. The Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece the upper hand.