27 January 2011 0 Comments

How come we do not fall if the world is round?…

…that is one of the questions that repeats itself during the movie “Agora” – the movie from 2009, with Rachel Weisz; a movie by Alejandro Amenabar.

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

The movie is not one of my favorites but is pretty well made. The computer generated images – and there are quite a lot – do not hurt the eye and blend nicely with the surroundings.

Rachel Weisz plays the leading role as Hypatia – a woman of my taste :) if I may say something like that… She knows what she wants and knows how to express herself. She does it freely and gently and yet there is no turning back on whatever she states.

Orestes – played by Oscar Isaac – is deeply in love with Hypatia and sticks to her and her beliefs until the very end, when he has no power to protect her…

The male leading role is although taken by the former slave Davus – Max Minghella. He was Hypatia’s slave and greatest listener. It is her who set him free and made him a free man and it is him who eventually kills Hypatia. I am not sure of the greatness of the act that Davus had performed finally – taking out all the air from her lungs instead of letting her die by being stoned to death… yes… his way was less painful maybe, and he thought he was doing something good… but yet… let us look it this way: one stone in the right spot would have killed her instantly!… was he trying to protect her? help her? if he did, and he truly loved her, why did he not shield her and die with her, being stoned?…

Anyway… the digital images are very nice, especially the ones with the Alexandrian Light House and the ones with the Library. Overall the Library building is my absolute favorite :D I love it’s shape and I love the fact that it somehow reminds me of Rome and the wonderful Pantheon I have seen there… the Ocullus…

Agora is a movie about freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of mind – however controversial that would seem coming from a woman teaching in those times…

Pursue your dreams and let your voice be heard.

Don’t smother it up and don’t close your dreams in a closet.

Draw them winds and let them fly away, along with your thoughts :)

Sweet dreams to all people out there reading this late post :)

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