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Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Duration: 127 mins
Rated: R

Alexandria, 391 CE: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city’s Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the great institutions of learning and governance may not survive. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city’s prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. The Christians enforce public morality; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she’s concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and the brotherhood of all. What place is there for her?

Screening Date: August 26, 2012

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3 responses to “Agora (2009, Spain)”

  1. Ken Longworth says:

    An interesting subject but the writing, direction and performances left a lot to be desired. The spectacle was to the fore. And I had to search after seeing the film to find out what the title meant. Apparently the agora was the market place where much of the conflict occurred. – I might be cynical but I took the applause at the end as a sign of relief that the film was over.

  2. Paul says:

    Amazing how tastes differ. I thought Agora was a very interesting biopic of Hypatia of Alexandria. The story stuck quite closely to the historical record. I found it quite thought provoking about a troubled period as christianity became the state religion. It would obviously be a very tense and violent transition as the state system adopted the religion to maintain control while the fundamentalists at the grass roots level attacked education and the position of women – ideas that plagued christianity for the the next 2000 years. I was surprised at the good quality of the Spanish production and more than happy with Rachel Weisz’ performance.

  3. Peter says:

    2/10 for this pile of crap. I couldn’t believe this one got a clap at the end. It was so dreadfully bloated and crappo. One of the worst Roman spectacles (if you can even call it that), I’ve seen. I rate this one the worst. Lots of groans behind where i was sitting to suggest “When is this monstrosity going to end?”

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