Friday, September 22, 2006

300

I am so there.



Number one line from the graphic novel? Easy:

Persian emperor Xerxes (during a parley): There is so much our cultures could share with each other...

Spartan king Leonidas: We've been sharing our culture with you all morning.


EDIT: Bastards yanked the trailer; apparently it was an unofficial leak. That's okay, I am still so there. If you didn't see it, well... boy, did you miss out.

EDIT PART DEUX: ...and now the trailer's back up. W00t!


(H/T to Marko.)

14 comments:

D.W. Drang said...

-sigh- I'm enough of a history geek to wish they could/would be more accurate. Hair styles, for example: While better than in The 300 Spartans (Richard Egan as Leonidas, 1962 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055719/) Spartans didn't cut their hair. At all. "Makes a pretty boy ugly and a Manly Man terrifying", or something like that. And Spartans certainly didn't go to war in leather jock straps!
Here's an excellant website, which includes a guide to Spartan arms and armor, and reviews of the original comic: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~sparta/topics/articles/enthusiast/panoply.htm

Tam said...

Oh, I'm conversant enough with the actual history to spot the flaws...

...but I'm also enraptured enough with the myth to enjoy seeing it commemorated in such a dramatic style.

Frank Miller's 300 sits on my bookshelf next to Pressfield's Gates Of Fire and Sekunda's The Spartans, and I love them each for what they are...

Zendo Deb said...

The trailer is gone, but there is a video blog on the production web site.

http://www.trailerdownload.net/remote/1293

This is just a taste.

(It's a comic book people.... Seeing the Greeks in full battle armor would have been accurate, but less interestnig I think.) You've see one set of bronze-age Greek armor...

Besides, the whole thing is historically questionable. The best source we have is Thucydides. Plutarch was writing 600 years after the fact, he loved Greek history and idolized Greek kings and statesmen. Thucydides was known to exagerate from time to time.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I said I was a History Geek! I plan on seeing, too, it will likely be the first movie I've seen in the theater (Willingly, as opposed to Mrs. Drang saying "Let's go see Chick Flik IV!") since the last Harry Potter...
My Classical Greek is non-existent, Millers translation of Molon Labe as "Come and get it" is probably as valid as "Come and take them", but still jarring. Maybe if Milius was the director...

bjbarron said...

Picky, picky, picky.

Who cares. The movie looks awesome. The story is timeless.

...and if the history is a lie and there were no 300 Spartans holding that pass - They would have needed to be invented anyway.

The only thing better than to stand with them would be to walk with Armistead's brigade on July 3, 1863.

boxstockracer said...

I spent a little while in Greece seeing all the famous sights I could get to. Thermopylae was right up the list. There's a little dirt hill (grave mound where the Spartans are buried?) with a plaque on top which reads:

“Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.”

My favorite verbal exchange? (loose translation)

Persian: "we will darken the skies with our arrows".

Greek: "Great - then we'll fight in the shade".

My second favorite, and the one everyone knows:

King Xerxes offers to spare the Greeks if they would give up their weapons.

King Leonidas responds: “Come and get them”.

Across from the dirt hill, is a large statue of King Leonidas called the Leonidas Monument. It has an inscription which reads simply “Come and Get Them”.

Took pictures of it all, but they’re all color slides.

I’ve got the Frank Miller “300” comic series – they didn’t really do the real story justice (and the art sucks), but it’s not to bad, considering that anyone would find it difficult to condense the real story into just 5 small comics.

Will definitely be going to the movie – thanks for the tip Tam!

Mordwyn said...

Check IFilm, Somone was able to cross post the trailer there before it got yanked from the original site

pignock said...

Your link worked for me. Looks good too. When is the movie due out?

Keith

Justin said...

No release date it set. Sometime in 2007 it seems.

freddyboomboom said...

I love the story of the battle of Thermopylae.

But a story I've known longer, that is arguably as good, and factual, is the Battle of Camerone.

Here's one account. You can Google for others if you're interested...

Lizard said...

Ooooo...smell the testosterone...

Tam said...

"Ooooo...smell the testosterone..."

Smell it? I had to disassemble my monitor to wipe it off the inside of the screen.

...and that's a good thing. :)

phlegmfatale said...

Wow. I spied Scotland's own Gerard Butler in that trailer, a man for whom I'd pay top dollar to watch reading aloud a telephone book. Nearly nude (inaccurate, schminaccurate), sweaty in a leather thong? This is SO gravy. ROWR! Count me in on the there-ness. Uh, can I pre-order the DVD yet?

Carl said...

You folks might enjoy Gene Wolfe's 'Latro' stories (Soldier in the Mist/Soldier of Arete). Wounded in the battle, Latro forgets everything daily so he writes everything down. Very interesting look at ancient history, unlike anything else I've ever read. After a dozen years,'Soldier of Sidon' a new Latro story is due out next month. Good stuff, Gene Wolfe rocks.

http://www.amazon.com/Soldier-Sidon-Gene-Wolfe/dp/0765316641/sr=8-1/qid=1159240842/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-8556731-9040727?ie=UTF8&s=books

Here's to 300 the movie, the preview looks good. What's not to like about mucho green screen Frank Miller Magic?