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(RealClear)   Warner Bros. picks a director for their Napoleon film from a shortlist of candidates   (realclear.com) divider line 39
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2013-11-15 03:26:00 PM
Is there a market for this?
 
2013-11-15 03:44:00 PM
I hope they bring Deb back.
 
2013-11-15 03:44:25 PM
I thought that project died with Kubrick.
 
2013-11-15 03:49:03 PM

Mugato: Is there a market for this?


As a 19th Century European history nerd who's farkin sick of comic book movies, I guess I'm it.

Ohhhhhhhh... hopefully they have a bad ass depiction of the Battle of Borodino

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2013-11-15 03:51:54 PM

InmanRoshi: As a 19th Century European history nerd who's farkin sick of comic book movies, I guess I'm it.


If you could just buy 10 million tickets, that would really help them out. Thanks.
 
2013-11-15 03:52:05 PM
Does the director have large talons?
 
2013-11-15 03:54:55 PM

Mugato: InmanRoshi: As a 19th Century European history nerd who's farkin sick of comic book movies, I guess I'm it.

If you could just buy 10 million tickets, that would really help them out. Thanks.


Hopefully there's other adults in the mood for an old fashioned epic that doesn't want their pathos dumbed down to spandex wearing good guys vs. grease painted bad guys.
 
2013-11-15 04:00:35 PM
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2013-11-15 04:05:20 PM

Mugato: Is there a market for this?


even that oliver stoned helmed stinker "alexander" made money, so yeah. i would guess so.
 
2013-11-15 04:06:12 PM

InmanRoshi: Hopefully there's other adults in the mood for an old fashioned epic that doesn't want their pathos dumbed down to spandex wearing good guys vs. grease painted bad guys.


Rarrwr,
 
2013-11-15 04:07:29 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

mon dieu! again?
 
2013-11-15 04:10:35 PM
Total dynamite.
 
2013-11-15 04:11:12 PM
The pic's concept is that most of what the public knows about the French general is actually not true, including his famous short stature. In this version, he's viewed almost as a gangster boss

Please let this morph away from a period piece and be brought into the current time frame.  Baysplosions and dubstep everywehre.
 
2013-11-15 04:13:51 PM

tlchwi02: even that oliver stoned helmed stinker "alexander" made money, so yeah. i would guess so.


Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.
 
2013-11-15 04:14:42 PM
I love the part where Bugs takes a pinch of snuff and knocks over all the wooden soldiers.
 
2013-11-15 04:18:22 PM

theorellior: Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.


Yeah, don't history geeks get all bent out of shape when they watch movies based on history? Like science geeks have to explain to everyone that there's no sound in space when they watch a sci-fi movie. It would be better on their blood pressure if they just watched  documentaries.
 
2013-11-15 04:20:27 PM

theorellior: tlchwi02: even that oliver stoned helmed stinker "alexander" made money, so yeah. i would guess so.

Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.


NSFW pic of Rosario Dawson says you're wrong.

//i didn't post it, you can find it.
 
2013-11-15 04:22:28 PM

InmanRoshi: Mugato: InmanRoshi: As a 19th Century European history nerd who's farkin sick of comic book movies, I guess I'm it.

If you could just buy 10 million tickets, that would really help them out. Thanks.

Hopefully there's other adults in the mood for an old fashioned epic that doesn't want their pathos dumbed down to spandex wearing good guys vs. grease painted bad guys.


Is this normal? I'd have figured that though he is a kind of quirky historical figure and rife for parody, Americans would at least acknowledge him favourably as an actual historical figure. I'm Canadian and we mostly think he's Britain's greatest adversary before Hitler. Equal parts clown, visionary and tyrant. Maybe it's just all the BBC docs and social studies growing up.
 
2013-11-15 04:23:40 PM

theorellior: Does the director have large talons?


If this is a reference to what I think it is, I really REALLY hope Peter Jackson can get that off the ground.
 
2013-11-15 04:24:01 PM

InmanRoshi: Mugato: Is there a market for this?

As a 19th Century European history nerd who's farkin sick of comic book movies, I guess I'm it.

Ohhhhhhhh... hopefully they have a bad ass depiction of the Battle of Borodino

[i716.photobucket.com image 635x477]


When I read the section of War and Peace on Borodino, it was simultaneously depressing and sickening. There's nothing badass about meaningless death and destruction on such a wide scale.
 
2013-11-15 04:25:27 PM

Mugato: theorellior: Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.

Yeah, don't history geeks get all bent out of shape when they watch movies based on history? Like science geeks have to explain to everyone that there's no sound in space when they watch a sci-fi movie. It would be better on their blood pressure if they just watched  documentaries.


For me, I let it slide if it has a good story like Amadeus. If it's "300" where even the trailers were hard to watch, I pull out my dog-eared Thucydides.
 
2013-11-15 04:25:56 PM

theorellior: Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.


oh yeah, that movie failed on pretty much every level, although my vague recollection is that the historical accuracy wasn't that bad.

i guess maybe i'd point to last years "lincoln" as a better example of succesfully finding an audience for a historical epic. I imagine though that unless they are going to follow the lincoln example and focus on a specific event/timeframe in napoleans life, this movie is going to end up being only so-so. napolean accomplished so much, and lived in such a complicated time that i can't see how you could handle it in a single movie.
 
2013-11-15 04:29:30 PM

whither_apophis: Mugato: theorellior: Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.

Yeah, don't history geeks get all bent out of shape when they watch movies based on history? Like science geeks have to explain to everyone that there's no sound in space when they watch a sci-fi movie. It would be better on their blood pressure if they just watched  documentaries.

For me, I let it slide if it has a good story like Amadeus. If it's "300" where even the trailers were hard to watch, I pull out my dog-eared Thucydides.


and, yes, 300 is Sparta v. Persia. Thucydides is Sparta v. Athens
 
2013-11-15 04:30:56 PM
I was really excited by the fark headline, and then the article ruined it with those five little words:

"Snow White and the Huntsman"
 
2013-11-15 04:34:14 PM

Mugato: Yeah, don't history geeks get all bent out of shape when they watch movies based on history? Like science geeks have to explain to everyone that there's no sound in space when they watch a sci-fi movie. It would be better on their blood pressure if they just watched documentaries.


Oh, I'm fine with some tweaking of history, I was more amused by Angelina Jolie channeling Natasha from Rocky n Bullwinkle for her motivation, Val Kilmer wearing an obviously rubber scar on his face the whole time, and a cardboard cutout of Colin Farrell being wheeled around in various scenes to pretend it was acting.

The only scene we thought was worthy of watching was the battle in India where elephants are owning cavalry and hoplites are lopping off elephant trunks, all in grainy, oversaturated post effects.
 
2013-11-15 04:36:14 PM

Mugato: InmanRoshi: Hopefully there's other adults in the mood for an old fashioned epic that doesn't want their pathos dumbed down to spandex wearing good guys vs. grease painted bad guys.

Rarrwr,


Is that the battlecry that Steel Cat Wolf Man makes when he finally runs the course through the ubiquitous and obligatory  reluctant hero phase in the 2nd Act, and  decides it's his duty and responsibility  to take on the Dark Army of Doom to save mankind in the 3rd Act?
 
2013-11-15 04:46:03 PM

FlashHarry: [upload.wikimedia.org image 320x500]

mon dieu! again?


wish someone would get the rights and release that on properly cleaned/restored BD
 
2013-11-15 05:04:19 PM
Warner Bros. picks a director for their Napoleon film from a normal list by early 19th Century standards but shortlist of candidates

/Napoleon was 5'7", above average for his time
//blame the British and their inability to convert between French and British measuring units
 
2013-11-15 05:05:49 PM

12349876: //blame the British and their inability to convert between French and British measuring units


More like propaganda to literally belittle him.
 
2013-11-15 05:08:16 PM

coeyagi: theorellior: tlchwi02: even that oliver stoned helmed stinker "alexander" made money, so yeah. i would guess so.

Gawd, that movie was so awful, my roomies and I were laughing the entire time.

NSFW pic of Rosario Dawson says you're wrong.

//i didn't post it, you can find it.



That 30 seconds was not worth sitting through the other 3+ hours of that movie.
 
2013-11-15 05:22:26 PM

stoli n coke: I thought that project died with Kubrick.


This doesn't sound like the Kubrick project.  Last I'd heard, Spielberg was producing that and was shopping it as a miniseries, as one of he problems Kubrick always had is that there's simply too much material for a single film, even if you limit yourself to the period where he was leader then emperor of France.

/In one parallel universe, Napoleon was Kubricks followup to 2001
//In another it starred Jack Nicholson and followed The Shining in 1983.
 
2013-11-15 05:55:23 PM
It took me 3 hours to get the shading just right on this post...
 
2013-11-15 08:01:26 PM
The French inch was smaller than the English inch. Napoleon was 5 foot 7 in English units. That's above average for his day.
 
2013-11-15 09:22:32 PM
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2013-11-15 11:02:09 PM

Leader O'Cola: FlashHarry: [upload.wikimedia.org image 320x500]

mon dieu! again?

wish someone would get the rights and release that on properly cleaned/restored BD


me too. i saw a very short print in film school. but the masochist in me kind of wants to see the 9-hour version.
 
2013-11-15 11:39:08 PM

FlashHarry: me too. i saw a very short print in film school. but the masochist in me kind of wants to see the 9-hour version.


Doesn't exist at this point.  The longest restored version is 5.5 hours of film.  They're going to play it in London on the 30th and it will be a total of eight hours with two intermissions, one of them 100 minutes long so you can go have dinner!

Me?  I'm hoping the dailies or a work print for Greed turns up some day.  The 8 hour version.
 
2013-11-15 11:47:56 PM
I'm sorry, that's TWO intermissions and a 100 minute dinner break!

What sucks is that it looks like only the short version, edited by Coppola is available on video at this point, as he owns the rights.
 
2013-11-16 11:12:21 AM

rogue49: [www.ericrosenbergdesign.com image 708x430]


He looks like Danny DaVito
 
2013-11-16 12:04:11 PM
Good grief. None of you have ever seen Waterloo? Rod Steiger nailed Napoleon, Christopher Plummer did Wellington. Almost the entire movie is devoted to the battle at Waterloo with 1000's of extras and cameos by many famous actors and its a pretty exciting flick for the 1960's. Good luck finding the DVD.
 
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