How sad is this?
Excellent but underrated film
It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
I have always liked ancient Roman history, from when learning Latin as a wee lad.Historical fiction varies greatly in quality, often depending on the research, writing and target audience. Accuracy is up to debate, but doesn't lessen enjoyment unless glaringly obvious.Who can say with certainty, exactly what went on two thousand years ago? The main attested historical events are adhered to in this magnificent production. The devil is in the details as they say.In Masters of Rome (a fictional literary account of the late republic) the author has stated that she would take a small fact (learnt by extensive research) and expound upon it. This is what the creators and writers of this show have done over and over, to great effect, but without veering from historical events. For example: history states that Pompey Magnus was murdered by the Egyptians to the horror of Caesar. The show weaves a story, that no-one can any longer contradict!I love the acting: particularly Polly Walker, Indira Varma and James Purefoy.I am amazed by the production values; it's not surprising the beeb in particular couldn't afford more episodes. A shame though, as I have seen this show again on Netflix and can recite quotes as I can with I Claudius(a beeb mini-series, based on the book by Robert Graves). There are so few shows of this era, which is a pity, but understandable, considering the work involved to do the period justice. Netflix have condensed the show(a bit) for some reason and missed out some good phrases and character moments.I would heartily recommend this to any adult.
recreating Rome. its smells, people, hidden fights, great names. to understand the Roman life style. to imagine a world who has its rules and its moral code. that is the the key for discover that ambitious series who ignores taboos and give the flavor of an ancient society without seductive clichés. a gem not for - only- artistic virtues, costumes or script. but for a realistic portrait of the world from Latin/History class. not heroes. only people in delicate situations. not changes. only special forms of survive. adventures. sex. and the need of power. nothing new, at the first sigh. but the mixture is strange and not easy to accept. because the series has the strange idea to give a honest image about an ambiguous world.
Dr. B. Rudow
I absolutely love Game of Thrones, Dr Who, Sherlock, The Wire, Its Always Sunny, Lost, Spartacus, and literally every television series I can get ahold of. With out a doubt these twenty two hours are the best television series of all time. At least till 2015 when i wrote this.Naturally one must be skeptical of such a short reviewWell let me tell you. It does not matter whether you are an expert on ancient romes history or, if you know absolutely nothing. Rome is an amazing drama.A show we unfortunately only have twenty two hours of to watch. I can promise if you like "A Game of Thrones" I can guarantee Rome will drop that salivating jaw of yours.
I have been interested in Greek and Roman history since I went to school. I was looking forward to a serious production. I had no preconceptions and did not know which era of the long history of Rome would be addressed.This had the potential to be an amazing series given all the plotting and political intrigue that went on in ancient Rome over many centuries. Instead it is reduced to the level of a soap opera.This series is just plain awful. Where to start - poor acting, poor dialog, sex every few minutes, nudity, jerky plot, no introduction as to who the protagonists are and their back story? This along with Spartacus is not wholesome family entertainment.I gave up on this dross after one episode.