My Journal of Things With Stuff - "300"
March 17th, 2007
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"300"

Yesterday I geeked out with Brian in Austin. We saw "300." It's a dramatized story about a small group of 300 Spartans that defends a strategic emplacement (Thermopolae) against a massive invasion from Persia. It's based on a Frank Miller graphic novel, which is in turn inspired by an older film.

It was dark and gritty, just as all things Frank Miller seem to be. The acting was... okay... but what makes it a good movie is the highly stylized coloration and a very enjoyable soundtrack. A word of warning: it is not for the squeamish.

Here's the thing that gets me: The other day, I read a news article on CNN.com about how the entire nation of Iran seems to be up in arms about the movie. Aparantly, there are many who call it an "insult to the Persian culture." Movie theaters showing it are empty, and people are outraged, claiming that the film is propaganda for a U.S. war against Iran.

Here's the thing: even if you lose a battle, you still get to write the history books if you win the war.

Movies about the Alamo don't play real big in Mexico.

"Braveheart" and "The Patriot" were flops in England.

It stands to reason, therefore, that "300" will not be well-liked in Iran.

Quite frankly, I was surprised it was released there at all.

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From:ex_narumi508
Date:March 17th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Its not so much about the winners and the losers...its that the film is BLANTANTLY inaccurate. Frank Miller and Zack Snyder even admitted that they did this on purpose to make it more like a fantasy film and that its not supposed to be an historical piece.

However, the average joe doesn't see it that way and thats the problem.
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From:rabbitucker
Date:March 18th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Consider also that it is a movie based on a graphic novel that was, in turn, based on another movie, which was loosely based on historical events.

Nobody's supposed to take history lessons from movies.

Peter Weller from "Robocop" teaches a college class on comparing and contrasting (mostly contrasting) historical epics with actual history. I'm told it's a very hard course.
From:ex_narumi508
Date:March 18th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
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we know this, sadly alot of people don't

I want to take that course!

Similar to the course at UTSA that humanities has "Bible as Literature" or something like that...
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