Trojan War and Troy

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HIS 111- Antiquity to 1500
Film Analysis- Troy

Troy is an adaption of the poem written by Homer, also known as the Iliad. The screenplay was written by David Benioff and stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Diane Kruger, and Rose Byrne. It is a brilliant story of love and war produced in 2004. My reason for choosing this film is because of the controversy over what is myth and what is fact regarding the fall of Troy. I find the movie so majestic yet the timeframe of the Iliad was around 1250 B.C. when it doesn’t seem plausible that everything could be so miraculous.

The importance of this film is in regards to the city of Troy, the alliances of the Greeks, and the reasoning behind the war in itself. It was made to capture the imagination behind Homer and his poems. The actors were chosen and represented though his eyes, yet embellished a great deal for entertainment purposes. While it was enjoyable to watch, I found it somewhat inaccurate with questions unanswered. While there may also be evidence to support much of what Homer wrote about, the movie in itself creates a different illusion. The time, places, and people were either out of date or not even involved in some cases. However, the actors portrayed what Homer described perfectly. Achilles was strong and considered immortal, Hektor was the bravest and modest leader of Troy under the rule of Priam. Helen was extremely beautiful while Paris was naïve and weak. All of the characters involved had important roles whose actions were cause of many important events. However, if you relate back to Homer and back to what historians have discovered, the movie wasn’t an accurate representation.

Troy was made in 3 different regions for one, including Mexico, Morocco and Malta. The war actually lasted about 10 years not 17 days. Some of the props used were too early for the time in which this was supposed to take place. The coins that were to be placed on the eyes of a corpse...
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