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I've had a really hard week so my method of relaxation?

I am going to watch the Polish movie version of Quo Vadis based on the famous Henryk Sienkewitz novel of the same name. I think this 1905 novel might be responsible for the start of the fiction cliche of 'pure Christian girl lures a sexy Roman hottie into faith and angst' but despite that, it's an awesome awesome novel. It used to be my favorite book when I was a teenager and is still one of my favorites. I am not a Christian, so clearly my love of it wasn't based on faith association: I thought it was an awesomely written story, with a tight plot, complicated characters, an interesting look at Roman society and two kick-ass love stories...

Anyway, very short version of the story is: Roman patrician Vinicius is smitten with Lygia, a Lygian hostage who grew up as a quasi-daughter in an upper class Roman home. Little does he know his passion for her will give him tons of hurt-comfort, angst, and oh yeah, character development and a different faith.

Fan-made trailer:



My favorite character in the novel (much as I adore the hot and angsty Vinicius) was always Petronius, Vinicius' worldly, sophisticated uncle. Huge fictional crush.
dangermousie: (Legend: Chuh Ro armor by alexandral)


I've had a really hard week so my method of relaxation?

I am going to watch the Polish movie version of Quo Vadis based on the famous Henryk Sienkewitz novel of the same name. I think this 1905 novel might be responsible for the start of the fiction cliche of 'pure Christian girl lures a sexy Roman hottie into faith and angst' but despite that, it's an awesome awesome novel. It used to be my favorite book when I was a teenager and is still one of my favorites. I am not a Christian, so clearly my love of it wasn't based on faith association: I thought it was an awesomely written story, with a tight plot, complicated characters, an interesting look at Roman society and two kick-ass love stories...

Anyway, very short version of the story is: Roman patrician Vinicius is smitten with Lygia, a Lygian hostage who grew up as a quasi-daughter in an upper class Roman home. Little does he know his passion for her will give him tons of hurt-comfort, angst, and oh yeah, character development and a different faith.

Fan-made trailer:



My favorite character in the novel (much as I adore the hot and angsty Vinicius) was always Petronius, Vinicius' worldly, sophisticated uncle. Huge fictional crush.
dangermousie: (Legend: Chuh Ro armor by alexandral)


I've had a really hard week so my method of relaxation?

I am going to watch the Polish movie version of Quo Vadis based on the famous Henryk Sienkewitz novel of the same name. I think this 1905 novel might be responsible for the start of the fiction cliche of 'pure Christian girl lures a sexy Roman hottie into faith and angst' but despite that, it's an awesome awesome novel. It used to be my favorite book when I was a teenager and is still one of my favorites. I am not a Christian, so clearly my love of it wasn't based on faith association: I thought it was an awesomely written story, with a tight plot, complicated characters, an interesting look at Roman society and two kick-ass love stories...

Anyway, very short version of the story is: Roman patrician Vinicius is smitten with Lygia, a Lygian hostage who grew up as a quasi-daughter in an upper class Roman home. Little does he know his passion for her will give him tons of hurt-comfort, angst, and oh yeah, character development and a different faith.

Fan-made trailer:



My favorite character in the novel (much as I adore the hot and angsty Vinicius) was always Petronius, Vinicius' worldly, sophisticated uncle. Huge fictional crush.
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I confess, I have a weakness. That weakness is for sword-and-sandal epics. I can't help it. Wrap a bad actor in a long white crumpled sheet, and pretend he is a Roman in a toga (btw, who invented that garment? It seems cumbersome and with no utility whatsoever) and I will eat it up.

True, some of those S&S movies are better than the others (I think something like Spartacus or Ben-Hur are just good epicy movies period), but in some of them, I am all about the hot men with names ending in 'us,' sword-fights, chariot races, excess and directors drunk on a huge budget and going crazy with it. And some of the epics are flawed but with moments of insane brilliance (Mankiewitz's notorious Cleopatra is part over the top campiness of 3000 costumes and part dialogue of almost Shakespearean resonance).

I confess, this post was going to be about C.B. DeMille's campy and delicious Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert. I had pictures ready and everything. But it's going to have to wait, because while googling I found out that the Poles did a miniseries of one of my Top 5 books of all time, book I devoured like a maniac, refusing to do anything, even eat, while it was in my grasp: Henryk Sienkewitz's Quo Vadis. It's a complex, complicated, gorgeous, and well-researched story set in the reign of Nero, and involves Vincius, a young Roman nobleman and his love for Lygia, an adopted daughter of another family, and a Christian.

Comments on QV )

The book has been translated into English repeatedly and Hollywood made a movie version of it in 1951. It's not a bad movie, but the spirit of the book is lost. For one thing, instead of a beautiful, pure young thing that Lygia is supposed to be, Deborah Kerr plays her as a Victorian schoolmarm. And the themes and complexity are gone. But Peter Ustinov as Nero and Leo Genn as Petronius (both oscar nommed for the roles) are brilliant. And while Robert Taylor's Vinicius is not much like the book one, he certainly looks gorgeous:



Well, I found out that the Poles made the miniseries based on the book and the stills look good and it's supposed to be REALLY faithful (OMG, Vinicius, jump into that stadium and pick up your gf's unconscious body. You know you want to) and thus I simply must get my hands on it.

Do me, Pagan Hottie! Yeah, I thought it wasn't what she said, but a girl can hope:



Pictures behind the cut )

For those of you, who like me can read Russian, there is an extra treat. Someone has the beginning text of the book 'illustrated' with the mini photos in the appropriate scenes.
dangermousie: (Default)
I confess, I have a weakness. That weakness is for sword-and-sandal epics. I can't help it. Wrap a bad actor in a long white crumpled sheet, and pretend he is a Roman in a toga (btw, who invented that garment? It seems cumbersome and with no utility whatsoever) and I will eat it up.

True, some of those S&S movies are better than the others (I think something like Spartacus or Ben-Hur are just good epicy movies period), but in some of them, I am all about the hot men with names ending in 'us,' sword-fights, chariot races, excess and directors drunk on a huge budget and going crazy with it. And some of the epics are flawed but with moments of insane brilliance (Mankiewitz's notorious Cleopatra is part over the top campiness of 3000 costumes and part dialogue of almost Shakespearean resonance).

I confess, this post was going to be about C.B. DeMille's campy and delicious Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert. I had pictures ready and everything. But it's going to have to wait, because while googling I found out that the Poles did a miniseries of one of my Top 5 books of all time, book I devoured like a maniac, refusing to do anything, even eat, while it was in my grasp: Henryk Sienkewitz's Quo Vadis. It's a complex, complicated, gorgeous, and well-researched story set in the reign of Nero, and involves Vincius, a young Roman nobleman and his love for Lygia, an adopted daughter of another family, and a Christian.

Comments on QV )

The book has been translated into English repeatedly and Hollywood made a movie version of it in 1951. It's not a bad movie, but the spirit of the book is lost. For one thing, instead of a beautiful, pure young thing that Lygia is supposed to be, Deborah Kerr plays her as a Victorian schoolmarm. And the themes and complexity are gone. But Peter Ustinov as Nero and Leo Genn as Petronius (both oscar nommed for the roles) are brilliant. And while Robert Taylor's Vinicius is not much like the book one, he certainly looks gorgeous:



Well, I found out that the Poles made the miniseries based on the book and the stills look good and it's supposed to be REALLY faithful (OMG, Vinicius, jump into that stadium and pick up your gf's unconscious body. You know you want to) and thus I simply must get my hands on it.

Do me, Pagan Hottie! Yeah, I thought it wasn't what she said, but a girl can hope:



Pictures behind the cut )

For those of you, who like me can read Russian, there is an extra treat. Someone has the beginning text of the book 'illustrated' with the mini photos in the appropriate scenes.
dangermousie: (Default)
I confess, I have a weakness. That weakness is for sword-and-sandal epics. I can't help it. Wrap a bad actor in a long white crumpled sheet, and pretend he is a Roman in a toga (btw, who invented that garment? It seems cumbersome and with no utility whatsoever) and I will eat it up.

True, some of those S&S movies are better than the others (I think something like Spartacus or Ben-Hur are just good epicy movies period), but in some of them, I am all about the hot men with names ending in 'us,' sword-fights, chariot races, excess and directors drunk on a huge budget and going crazy with it. And some of the epics are flawed but with moments of insane brilliance (Mankiewitz's notorious Cleopatra is part over the top campiness of 3000 costumes and part dialogue of almost Shakespearean resonance).

I confess, this post was going to be about C.B. DeMille's campy and delicious Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert. I had pictures ready and everything. But it's going to have to wait, because while googling I found out that the Poles did a miniseries of one of my Top 5 books of all time, book I devoured like a maniac, refusing to do anything, even eat, while it was in my grasp: Henryk Sienkewitz's Quo Vadis. It's a complex, complicated, gorgeous, and well-researched story set in the reign of Nero, and involves Vincius, a young Roman nobleman and his love for Lygia, an adopted daughter of another family, and a Christian.

Comments on QV )

The book has been translated into English repeatedly and Hollywood made a movie version of it in 1951. It's not a bad movie, but the spirit of the book is lost. For one thing, instead of a beautiful, pure young thing that Lygia is supposed to be, Deborah Kerr plays her as a Victorian schoolmarm. And the themes and complexity are gone. But Peter Ustinov as Nero and Leo Genn as Petronius (both oscar nommed for the roles) are brilliant. And while Robert Taylor's Vinicius is not much like the book one, he certainly looks gorgeous:



Well, I found out that the Poles made the miniseries based on the book and the stills look good and it's supposed to be REALLY faithful (OMG, Vinicius, jump into that stadium and pick up your gf's unconscious body. You know you want to) and thus I simply must get my hands on it.

Do me, Pagan Hottie! Yeah, I thought it wasn't what she said, but a girl can hope:



Pictures behind the cut )

For those of you, who like me can read Russian, there is an extra treat. Someone has the beginning text of the book 'illustrated' with the mini photos in the appropriate scenes.

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