Thursday, August 07, 2008

"It was a pleasure to burn..."


I enjoyed watching this film. It holds up well and I had no idea it existed. Nice touches by Truffaut and there is a making of documentary on the DVD worth viewing. This was Truffaut's first color film as well as his first in English. Good stuff. Also on the DVD is an interview with Ray Bradbury from 2002.
I also enjoyed the recent King Arthur with Clive Owen in the title role. A different take on the Arthur legends. This led me to my shelf to read about the Roman emperor Hadrian whose wall in northern Britain the main battle scenes of the movie take place near. Turns out he was one of the more stable emperors of that period following the fall of the republic. Granted this is in comparison to Augustus, Caligula, Nero, etc... Seems like a good film could be made just about Hadrian. It would not take much to better Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great crapfest of a few years back.

2 comments:

Churlita said...

I saw 451 when I was a kid and don't remember much about it. I should probably rewatch it. Coadster loved that newer King Arthur movie too. I don't think the reviews were that great, but it was good escapism.

Dexter said...

I liked the Roman twist on the Arthur myths and legends...