I finally saw the movie 300. This picture is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates). I quite enjoyed it, though I can see how others might not. The unique cinematography enhances the highly stylized approach to the story. It is a moving picture graphic novel.

The storyline is Greek Tragedy in motion. The distinctive imagery and staging mimic the style of scenes depicted on Greek pottery. I have no doubt that the great directors of the past would have used the same techniques if it had been available then. This manner of film making would have suited C.B. DeMille or John Ford.

The story is a bit rough on the Persians, however. But critics need to realize that this is a Spartan story about Spartan exploits. No doubt Persian story tellers had their own version.

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