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Agora [DVD] [2009]
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on 14 June 2017
Really enjoyed this, watched as background for a study improving but was good to see in its own right.
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on 25 June 2017
Very inspirational and scientifically historic film with fine performances particularly from leading lady Rachel Weisz
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on 27 September 2017
thoughtful film shame that it didnt get greater recognition worth a watch
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on 7 June 2017
Great price and quick delivery.
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on 11 April 2017
Poor film with poor music and real interest. Little reference was given to the great contribution of Hypatia. It was all about wars, blood, killings and hatred.
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on 2 October 2017
Very good bit of old history not often told
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on 3 November 2017
Wonderful film about a little known Greek woman philosopher.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 February 2017
In this 2009 historical drama, the year is 391CE, and Hypatia teaches philosophy at the famous library at Alexandria but as the Roman Empire crumbles so tensions between ’Pagan’ and ’Christian’ grow. Amid the troubles two men –one a slave, both desire Hypatia, but how long will it be before violence [and religion] overtakes all.
Based on a real person, this doesn’t gloss over events of the time and portrays her as multi-faceted being progressive in many ways, but conservative in others so she never becomes the total heroine that major characters often become, but many scenes thus appear contradictory. The story moves forward in three stages, each separated by a few years to end in 415CE and re-introduces her pupils as they progress through diverging career paths each being a caricature to highlight the differing factions.
The single disc offers play. Subtitles [English, English for hearing impaired, none], special features [basically 7 deleted scenes] and scene selection. Rated 12, this has little to offend in the normal manner as there is no swearing, only 2 rearview shots of nudity but plenty of typical mob violence, however, those with strong religious views will find much to disagree with. However, the science and views of the time are generally well discussed, so although accuracy may be dubious, there is some merit to be found in the educational information as hypatia puts her science above everything –even herself.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 November 2015
The setting is Alexandra, Egypt of 391 A.D., and the pagan ruling class has seen an influx in the number of followers of Jesus Christ within city walls. Initially they constitute a minority, and the astronomical theories of Ptolemy, as taught by the respected philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), are among the many pursuits of scientific knowledge that remain the dominant mode of thinking. But as the number and influence of Christians increase, outbreaks of violence in Agora square become common, a standoff forces the Roman Emperor to choose sides. Amidst the tense action, a fourth century slave, played convincingly by Max Minghella, is confronted with his love for his intellectual alchemist master, Hypatia of Alexandria, and the temptations of freedom spurred by the rise of Christianity in this historical epic from acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar.

No expense has been spared in building a rich, three-dimensional recreation of Alexandria, teeming with thousands of extras. As Hypatia, Rachel Weisz gives an assured performance with the intentional mix of classical and current sensibilities. If viewers can see through to the deeper themes of tolerance and compassion, or simply want to experience the awe of this enriching spectacle, Agora is sure to encapsulate and enthral all audiences.
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on 29 January 2016
If there was ever a such a thing as an atheist saint, Hypatia would be it. Each year atheists flock to Lake Hypatia (Alabama) for their annual meeting and softball game of atheists vs. agnostics. This movie is a dramatization of historical events. The city of Alexandria was a center for learning. It was said that the philosophical and religious discourse among the merchants and general population in the agora were on a very educated level, that which rivaled the scholars. With the onset of Christianity, the religious discussion changed. Religion was primarily based upon cosmic myths, most of which had lost their original meaning due to the Pythagorean concepts which fused with the old religion creating multiple paradoxes as to generate such debate. Is God anthropomorphic or is God light?

Hypatia was a scientist and philosopher, she is portrayed as an atheist in this film, although her religious belief is uncertain. She may very well had been a pagan. The menstrual cloth she presented to a would-be suitor is recorded in history. The movie is long and at times doesn't move along fast enough. For that reason I downgraded from five stars to four. I thought it needed better editing. Apart from the dramatization, the movie sticks to history. The documentary commentary writing on the screen is white on a predominately white background which made it difficult for me to read with old eyes and an analog TV. I had to pause it.

For those of you who loved watching Rachel Weisz's nude hind parts in "The Brothers Bloom", she once again flaunts her fanny for the screen. Did it get bigger or did they use a body double? Agora is a common word used in crossword puzzles with the clue "Greek Marketplace."
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