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  Alexander - Colin Farrell as Alexander The Great, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins - Oliver Stone's Alexander - Colin ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Alexander was the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and Olympias a princess of Epirus.
Alexander was a military genius and greatly admired by his troops for his leadership and courage.
Alexander the Great had the inspiration to believe that the Alexandria Library would be the centre of the most prominent civilisations of the time, the Egyptian, the Greek and the Middle Eastern civilisations.
www.alexander-the-great.co.uk   (605 words)

 european-films.net - review: Alexander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Alexander is pushed more and more towards the Eastern peoples and tribes who have pledged him allegiance; they are willing to fight for him and to go on, and he, in return is willing to absorb much of their culture and habits.
Alexander’s relationship with Hephaistion is something he must increasingly rely on as his voice of reason, as the rest of the army grows ever more restless and hostile.
His film has become a daring essay on the conflicted feelings of a conqueror who apparently wanted to conquer in order to unite; someone who was increasingly driven away by his closest military allies and thus had to change plans and seek his alliances elsewhere.
european-films.net /content/view/87/60   (1194 words)

 Alexander (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alexander is a 2004 epic motion picture film, based on the life of Alexander the Great.
Alexander was controversial and critically-derided on its release.
Thereafter Philip is assassinated and Alexander becomes king of Greece and Macedonia, and after a brief mentioning of his punitive razing of Thebes and burning of Persepolis, Ptolemy gives an overview of Alexander's west Persian campaign, including his declaration to be the son of Zeus by the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alexander_(film)   (1950 words)

 Whoosh! Film Reviews: Alexander (Oliver Stone, 2004)
Alexander's empire was not a location, he tells the scribe, but "an empire of the mind." Curiously, for an Oliver Stone film, "Alexander" too is an empire of the mind, for scenes of action are almost peripheral to the characters' musings about life and their devotion to one another.
Granted Alexander is a historical figure and most people know that he became king of the Greeks and went off to conquer other lands but I was really expecting to see the whole story - not just see a few scenes of his early life and suddenly be jumped into the middle of his conquests.
Alexander's one sex scene in the whole thing is him having hot, "politically correct" ;-) sex with the young woman he eventually takes as a wife to have an heir but it is clear that he remains very much attached to Hephaiston.
www.whoosh.org /films/reviews/alexander.html   (2925 words)

 Alexander film review, In Film Australia
Towards the end of Alexander, in one of the film’s precious few battles scenes, Stone bathes his images in strange swirls and flashes of colour, tinging its pictures with a throbbing neon red haze.
Alexander's screenplay (written by Stone, Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis) sprouts a sprawling network of sequences, alternating between political babble and back-story, and then battles, foreign lands, power negating, etc, while also flirting with the suggestion that Alexander was bisexual.
Alexander is a much more ambitious film but shares many of its drawbacks, and subsequently they resonate with a greater sense of inadequacy.
www.infilm.com.au /reviews/alexander.htm   (855 words)

 Filmtracks: Alexander (Vangelis)
Living from 356-323 B.C., Alexander built an empire by sweeping his superior armies through 90% of the known world, traveling 22,000 miles in eight years, and establishing Greece as a dominant culture that would ironically remove most of the obstacles that might have restrained the subsequent Roman Empire.
In the film score realm specifically, Vangelis plucked an Oscar from John Williams (and Raiders of the Lost Ark) in 1981 for Chariots of Fire and his better known subsequent scores are those for Bladerunner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise.
Alexander does takes steps to appease those folks, but if you're like the majority of film music fans who appreciate that Vangelis ruckus for what it is, then Alexander will knock your socks off in parts.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/alexander.html   (1718 words)

 PPLD Special Collections - Archives - Alexander Industries
Alexander paid the theater for using the film and charged the customer according to the size of the theater, its location, seating capacity and caliber of programming.
By the early 1950's, the Alexander Film Company was producing between 2,000 an 3,000 films annually to meet the demands of its advertisers and to maintain a library of films covering 8,200 different subjects.
Negotiations for the purchase of Alexander Film Company stock held by H.E. Holister of Brooklyn, New York and his brother R.R. Holister of Dayton, Ohio are the subject of the material written in 1936 and 1939.
library.ppld.org /SpecialCollections/manuscriptcollections/mss0056.asp   (3996 words)

But it is for his work as a composer, arranger and conductor in film and television that we honor him tonight.
Alexander looks back on the films fondly, but he is under no illusion that they were anything more than "B" movies.
And Alexander was a key mentor to the multi Oscar and Grammy-winning composer and arranger, Johnny Mandel, who studied arranging with Van back in the early 1940s.
www.ascap.com /filmtv/2002/alexander.html   (1222 words)

 Macedonian Criticism of Oliver Stone's film Alexander
As you are all aware, Oliver Stone’s film on the Macedonian conqueror Alexander is due to open on November 24.
We, the Macedonians, the descendents of Alexander’s Macedonians, want to inform you that we reject the movie as historically inaccurate for it is not a true story of Alexander as Stone claims it to be.
Alexander and his Macedonians would have been appalled by Stone who had tried to make them fighting for Greece, when the ancient evidence says they did for Macedonia, because as the ancient authors testify they were not Greeks.
www.historyofmacedonia.org /AlexanderOliverStone.html   (1852 words)

The b/w scans are from a group of films the author uncovered recently in a warehouse.
After production, the films were sent to the local theatres, and screened according to a particular schedule (in the mid 50s, this was usually a one week flight, but longer times evolved).
Alexander began producing both generic and brand-name-specific concession trailers to form the core of intermission clock films; within which their paid-for merchant ads would be showcased.
www.driveinworkshop.com /alexander/alexandr.htm   (704 words)

Oliver Stone's new film Alexander is epic in nearly all of its facets.
The primary downfall of Alexander is its structure.
Another amazing thing that comes out of this is that after watching the film, the most people can say about Alexander is that he was bisexual (back when sexuality mattered little) and he had serious mommy and daddy problems (amusingly enough, Jolie is only one year older than Farrell).
www.haro-online.com /movies/alexander.html   (659 words)

 UGO.com Film/TV - Film Review - Alexander Super Feature
Though Alexander had three other Roman-era biographies that survived to modern times, it was Plutarch's hero that every educated boy compared himself to and painted in his own image.
Everything else that Alexander did is told to us by our humble narrator, the self-appointed pharaoh Ptolemy I (Anthony Hopkins), as he dodders around the great library of Alexandria, Egypt sometime around 280 BC recalling his days as one of Alexander's most trusted generals.
While this seems to cover the majority of his brief life, to skip a year of Alexander the Great's life is to skip a lifetime of practically any other man. This poses quite a challenge to anyone who wishes to tell the story but must do it in within three hours.
www.ugo.com /channels/filmtv/features/alexander/review.asp   (801 words)

 Alexander Review Movie Review Film Alexander: Colin Farrell, Anjelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario ...
Alexander was an impressive force to be reckoned with and his accomplishments were beyond questioning.
However, Alexander is a boorish and bloated costume epic that has all the exciting appeal of a prolonged high school social studies lesson during the thankless hazy days of summer.
While Alexander is being yanked in all sorts of bewildering directions by outside sources, the worrywart warrior must endure the endless domestic bickering of his conflicting parents King Phillip and Olympias.
www.movieeye.com /reviews/read_movie_review/2305.html   (1672 words)

 Alexander Movie Review - MovieWeb
In the film, Alexander (Colin Farrell), the bastard son of Philip of Macedonia (Val Kilmer), becomes king of the known world by age 25.
Alexander is no different, and like Stone’s stabs at American history (JFK, Nixon), the director’s passion for his subject gives way to dramatic excess, leading to overwrought pomp crushed by its own weight and lack of accomplishment.
Alexander’s humanitarian efforts (connect the lands to benefit the people) are lost in Stone’s portrayal of ruler-as-rock star.
www.movieweb.com /movies/film/77/977/review4438.php   (591 words)

 Film Blather: Alexander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The characters in the infinitely superior Troy also perhaps did too much contemplating for their own good, but at least when they were done, they got up and had a swordfight, or something.
The problem here, it seems, is that instead of imbuing the film with some narrative drive, Stone and his screenwriters simply interpreted history as a series of melodramatic vignettes.
The film's only function is to provide the same sort of sick satisfaction that you might get from imagining Oliver Stone, with a crazed look on his face, laughing maniacally and flushing Warner Bros.' money down the toilet.
www.filmblather.com /review.php?n=alexander   (799 words)

 Alexander Nevsky (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Alexander Nevsky is a film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitry Vasiliev, made by Mosfilm and released in 1938, during the Stalin era, with Nikolai Cherkasov in the title role.
Alexander Nevsky then rallies the people of Novgorod and at a battle on the surface of the frozen Lake Peipus the outnumbered Novgorodians defeat the Germanic invaders.
The film score was composed by Sergei Prokofiev, who later reworked the score into a concert cantata.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Alexander_Nevsky_(film)   (465 words)

 Alexander film review
Lines like, "You birthed me in your sack of hate," as uttered by Alexander to his mother Olympias (Angelina Jolie) are more inclined to solicit a laugh than fuel the dramatic tension.
It's strange then that considering all of Alexander's achievements - conquering half the known world by the time he was 25 - Stone's decision to dwell so much on Alexander's homosexuality is a puzzling one.
The film is bookended by overly long scenes of an aged Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins) wandering around what looks like Caesars Palace in Las Vegas reminiscing about his beloved Alexander.
www.tiscali.co.uk /entertainment/film/reviews/alexander.html   (681 words)

 Jason Alexander @ Filmbug
In film, Alexander most recently appeared in Rocky and Bullwinkle as 'Boris Badenov,' opposite Rene Russo and Robert De Niro.
Alexander portrays a cynical, semi-successful novelist who plants the seed of doubt into three seemingly happy couples.
Alexander's feature film directing debut was the romantic comedy For Better or Worse, in which he also starred opposite Lolita Davidovich and James Woods.
www.filmbug.com /db/1341   (882 words)

 Alexander film movie trailer review at The Z Review
Alexander the Great director Baz Luhrmann told BBC Breakfast that he is looking to cast an unknown in the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman.
The part of the young Alexander is crucial, says the director because it gets to the heart of what he needs to do with this film - which is to take an icon and make it human.
The thing about Alexander is is that we, you and I, would not be sitting here but for him because essentially you got someone who was trained by the greatest military mind of his time, his father...
www.thezreview.co.uk /comingsoon/a/alexander.htm   (3395 words)

Watching this film is like going to a bad history class where the teacher is a poor storyteller.
I predict that Alexander’s one achievement will be as the most walked out on movie of the year.
Colin Farrell is woefully miscast in the lead, but that's the least of Alexander's problems because the film is a disaster on an epic scale: sprawling, messy, incoherent and an early contender for one of the worst movies of 2005.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/alexander   (1131 words)

 September 2004 | blackfilm.com | features | first look | alexander
ALEXANDER, Oliver Stone's sweeping historical saga that charts the life and legend of one of the greatest figures in world history.
The story is an epic that is as daring and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen.
Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side with the later day expansion of his empire, and its ultimate downfall.
www.blackfilm.com /20040903/features/firstlookfalexander.shtml   (439 words)

 UGO.com Film/TV - Alexander Super Feature
Oliver Stone's Alexander is based on the true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders (Colin Farrell), a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 25.
Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years, and by the time of his death at the age of 32 had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen.
The film takes a look at Alexander's life and his relationships with his mother, Olympias (Angelina Jolie), his father Philip (Val Kilmer), his lifelong friend and battle commander Hephaistion (Jared Leto), Roxane, his ambitious and beautiful Bactrian wife (Rosario Dawson), and his trusted general and confidant Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins).
www.ugo.com /channels/filmtv/features/alexander/default.asp   (188 words)

 Alexander on DVD -- The Official Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Based on the true story of one of history’s most influential leaders, Alexander the Great, Stone put together an all-start cast to help tell the story of the man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 27.
The film chronicles Alexander's path to becoming a living legend, from a youth fueled by dreams of myth, glory and adventure to his lonely death as a ruler of a vast Empire.
"Alexander" is the incredible story of a life that united the Known World and proved, if nothing else, fortune favors the bold.
www.alexanderthemovie.com   (142 words)

 Alexander Film Review - Time Out Film
Alexander the Great’s 12-year blitzkrieg from Macedonia through the Persian Empire, Egypt and east to India, starting when he was just 20, may be mind-boggling in the abstract – Caesar was famously awed – but on the ground it was a long bloody haul that left his troops exhausted and wimpering mutiny.
He had a wacky mum, Olympias, who – per Plutarch – took snakes for bedmates; a quarrelsome dad in the ill-fated Philip I; and an ambiguous sex life perhaps distinguished less by the standard pederasty of his times than by a longtime companionship with his buddy Hephaistion.
Alexander’s manly fancies shy at bedroom eyes and the drabbest innuendo.
www.timeout.com /film/81548.html   (372 words)

 Amazon.com: Alexander: Music: Vangelis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Put the saga of history's greatest overachiever -- Macedonian emperor Alexander the Great had conquered 90% of the pre-Christian world before his death at 32 -- in the hands of Hollywood's favorite over-reacher, Oliver Stone, and the result is three-hours of epic blood 'n' bathos.
Though his film scores have become increasingly rare since the twin breakthroughs of his Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire and the sci-fi masterpiece Bladerunner, his work here argues that Vangelis' restless curiosity and musical range have only blossomed in the ensuing decades.
Alexander, King of Macedon, Captain General of the Greeks, Shahanshah of Persia, Lord of Asia, son of Zeus-Ammon, Iskander Gojastak (Alexander the Cursed), Dhu L'Kairnan (the two horned), Alexander the Great.
www.amazon.com /Alexander-Vangelis/dp/B00064AF1E   (1244 words)

 Multimedia production, audio, video. Colorado Springs, CO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Since the 1920's, Alexander Film has been an industry leader in media innovation.
At Alexander's, you can expect more because our team is the most knowledgeable in the area.
We are conveniently located between 7-11 and Taco Bell at the southwest corner of Palmer Park Boulevard and North Academy Boulevard.
www.alexanderfilm.com   (294 words)

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