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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:51 am    Post subject: Rome Reply with quote

Has anyone else seen the previews for HBO's Rome?

The year is 52 B.C. Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. The ruling class has become extravagantly wealthy, with a precipitous decline in the old values of Spartan discipline and social unity. There is now a great chasm between the classes. Legal and political systems have weakened, and power has increasingly shifted to the military.

After eight years of war, Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul, and is returning to Rome. He brings with him legions of battle-hardened, loyal men, unimaginable riches in slaves, gold and plunder, and a populist agenda for radical social change. The aristocracy is terrified, and threatens to prosecute him for war crimes if he enters Rome. The delicate balance of power lies in the Senate with Caesar's old friend, partner and mentor, Pompey Magnus.

Such is the situation when two soldiers of Caesar's 13th Legion, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, are ordered into the wilds of Gaul to retrieve their legion's stolen standard, the unifying symbol of Caesar's legion, setting off a chain of circumstances that will entwine them in pivotal events of ancient Rome. An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives, ROME chronicles epic times that saw the fall of a Republic and the creation of an empire when it debuts SUNDAY, AUG. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

A co-production between HBO and the BBC, ROME is one of the largest co-production deals ever by the BBC for an American series, and marks the first series co-production of the two networks. HBO and the BBC previously partnered on the 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers," which won six Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries.

"You rarely see onscreen the complexity and color that was ancient Rome," says co-creator, executive producer and writer Bruno Heller. "It has more in common with places like Mexico City and Calcutta than quiet white marble. Rome was brightly colored, a place of vibrant cruelty, full of energy, dynamism and chaotic filth. It was a merciless existence, dog-eat-dog, with a very small elite, and masses of poverty. We see the same problems today - crime, unemployment, disease, and pressure to preserve your place in a precarious society. There's the potential for social mobility, if you're smart.

"Human nature never changes," continues Heller, "and the great thing about the Romans, from a dramatic perspective, is that they're a people with the fetters taken completely off. They had no prosaic God telling them right from wrong and how to behave. It was a strictly personal morality, and whether or not an action is wrong would depend on whether people more powerful than you would approve. You were allowed to murder your neighbor or covet his wife if it didn't *** off the wrong person. Mercy was a weakness, cruelty a virtue, and all that mattered was personal honor, loyalty to yourself and your family."

Cast
Lucius Vorenus: Kevin McKidd
Pompey Magnus: Kenneth Cranham
Marcus Junius Brutus: Tobias Menzies
Gaius Octavian: Max Pirkis
Porcius Cato: Karl Johnson
Titus Pullo: Ray Stevenson
Atia of the Julii: Polly Walker
Servila of the Junii: Lindsay Duncan
Ocatvia of the Julii: Kerry Condon
Marcus Tullius Cicero: David Bamer
Julius Caesar: Ciaran Hinds
Mark Antony: James Purefoy
Niobe: Indira Varma
Quintus Pompey: Rick Warden
Timon: Lee Boardman






http://www.hbo.com/rome/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read this article a couple of days ago , maybe you find this interesting.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4717745.stm
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a reminder, Rome comes on tomorrow Sunday 28, at 9 PM EST on HBO
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T-Minus 2 hours and counting....
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good show - most of HBO's stuff is rather slow paced, but people were skipping back and forth between Gaul and Rome with ease. It takes me a while to get into a new show, but this one shows promise. I was trying to remember who was an ally, relative and enemy as the cast of characters were introduced though.

The Big Tote board:

Battle Scenes: 1
Scourges: 1
Crucifications: 2
Animal Sacrifices/Oracles: 1
Nude scenes: 3
Beheadings: 1
Embezellings: 1
Towns burned: 1

Best line was from Atia when she sends young Octavian (later to be Caesar Augustus) off to Gaul:

Atia: Bring him back safe or I'll use your children's eyes as beads.
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