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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:48 PM   #21

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I would like to make a movie about the Battle of Talas if I could, or maybe a movie about the wars between Han and Xiongnu.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #22
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Haven't you seen "Zulu Dawn"?
There is also a film in the works (has been for years and years) that was code-named "Zulu Rising" (although there is now a book of that name out), that was intended to bridge the gap between "Zulu" and "Zulu Dawn" and have a more native-centric viewpoint.
No, I have seen the Michael Caine movie "Zulu". I just googled Zulu Dawn and that looks perfect my friend. Thank you.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #23
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Joan of Arc, really quite an unusual story

American: maybe something about Lewis and Clark.
I rather like the movie "Messenger" with Mila Jovovich.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #24

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I was at my office party last weekend and I won a audio camera that I could down load on you tube. I was wondering If I could a good documentary on the wars of the roses with a few experts like Sperro, to be part of it.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #25

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I'd like to see some more Roman Empire movies, but directed by someone of the caliber of Ridley Scott. The one's I'd like to see: 1) Tuetonburg Forest, 2) the invasion of Roman Britain and 3) the lives of Aurelian and Probus during the Age of Crisis.
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I'd like to see some more Roman Empire movies, but directed by someone of the caliber of Ridley Scott. The one's I'd like to see: 1) Tuetonburg Forest, 2) the invasion of Roman Britain and 3) the lives of Aurelian and Probus during the Age of Crisis.
That sounds awesome!
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Old November 9th, 2012, 01:36 AM   #27

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The life of Prince Rupert of the Rhine, soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:51 AM   #28
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These days my imagination tends to stray to possible TV mini-series rather than films.

I've always thought a huuuge European co-production could be made out of Mika Waltari's Renaissance duology novels "Mikael Furrfoot" and "Mikael Hakim". Action goes Finland-Sweden-France-Germany-Italy-Barbary States-Istanbul-epilogue in Egypt. The "sacco di Roma" would be quite something. Paracelsus is in the supporting cast.

Or we could do a Viking one on the original Frans G. Bengtsson novel "The Longships/Röde Orm". Sweden-Cordoba-Denmark-Sweden-England-Russia. (There was a horrific Hollywood 1950's butchering of it, as there almost always is.) Heads landing in caskets of meads, and onliners along the lines of "It took a while, but now he's finished pissing" (bloodied warrior limping back into the feast-hall, throwing his likewise bloody sword on the table, after inviting an enemy to step out to empty the bladder). Supporting cast of the Caliph Almansour, Harold Bluetooth, Sven Forkbeard, and the Master Fools of the kings of Ireland.

Waltari's most successful novel "Sinuhe the Egyptian" was likewise butchered by Hollywood in the 1950's. Well, it no longer being the 1950's, this rather hard-nosed novel about totalitarianism (Akhenaten, Horemheb etc.) could work rather well in modern mini-series format, with the violence and sex re-introduced. With wigs and loincloths, a 1000 chariots (Hittites to fight), and realistic period style trepanations up the wazoo.

No novel I can think of, but the life and times of Frederick II Hohenstaufen, the "stupor mundi", and his family, friends and enemies would be something.

Or I could go with a rendition of Jean de Joinville's "Life of St Louis" brought up to snuff by todays TV mini-series script-writing. Joinville is the most visually acute Medieval writer I've come across. There are tons of powerful images in his biography. From observations like how Louis, king and saint-to-be, got the runs in Egypt so bad, they simply cut the bottom out of his britches, leaving the royal person walking around with his butt hanging out, so as not to impede further relieving of the royal bowel. Or the episode where returning by ship to France by the island of Pentelleria in a freak accident while going to bed, the queen of France manages to set fire to her nightgown, rushes out on the deck while tearing the burning garment off, and throws it into the sea, where she then stands stark bollocks naked, and Joinville witnessing the episode, staring at the garment burning while floating on an otherwise pitchdark becalmed Mediterranean sea.
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The career of Oleg Penkovsky.

There is some controversy about whether he really saved the planet or not. It will make a slightly better movie if he does.
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i would rather shoot a saga like manas, türeyiş, oğuz kağan or yaratılış.
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