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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2015
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Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
by Frank L Holt
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Historical Detective Story, 4 Mar. 2004
This is perhaps the most narrowly focussed book on Alexander that I know of, dealing as it does with just one set of three coin types of the King. Surprisingly, however, it ranks alongside Mary Renault's more general biography of Alexander as a compulsively good read. This is a great story, skillfully told with a convincing and satisfying denouement. It was also a considerable pleasure to see some of the more ridiculous modern character assassinations of Alexander expertly debunked. (And I'm not at all influenced in my opinions by the fact that one of my articles is among Holt's references!)


Romeo And Juliet [DVD] [1968]
Romeo And Juliet [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Leonard Whiting
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £12.90

114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive cinematic Romeo & Juliet, 8 Feb. 2003
Appropriately enough, Zeffirelli's masterful production had its cinematic debut in the "Summer of Love". It is certainly an authentic reflection of the youthful exuberance and vigour of its era. Yet it also succeeds brilliantly in capturing the colour and atmosphere of the Renaissance in Italy. It was filmed on location in Tuscany and Umbria and many of its scenes are so gorgeous as to seem almost like canvases by Raphael or Titian, magically brought to life. The music is also outstandingly fine and has now achieved a wide level of circulation beyond the film as a quintessential love theme.
Zeffirelli's decision to cast the leads at their correct ages has been controversial. Certainly, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey (who were respectively 17 and 15 during filming) do not give performances of technical theatrical brilliance (for that in a Shakespearian lead, you should see Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V). Nevertheless the leads are utterly charming, convincingly passionate, genuinely moving and wholly credible and I would suggest that these attributes are far more essential than technical mastery in the context of this particular play.
In the supporting roles, which are superbly cast, there are many performances of great theatrical accomplishment. Performances of memorable flare are turned in by Pat Heywood as the nurse, Milo O'Shea as Friar Laurence, John McEnery as Mercutio and Michael York as a surprisingly fearsome Tybalt.
It is the greatest tribute to this film, as I know from personal experience, that it has the power to turn intelligent teenage detractors of the Bard into his keenest advocates.

This is undoubtedly the definitive cinematic version of Shakespeare's second greatest work. Beware of pale imitations!
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