SWEEPING HISTORICAL DRAMAS YOU MAY HAVE OVERLOOKED…
Sunday afternoon, the hours stretch out into an endless, empty void of nothing and the only thing that breach this post-Lunch chasm is the huge, extras-heavy traditional Hollywood epic. El Cid, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Spartacus – All these movies are timeless examples of cinema writ large like the spectacular events they portray.
But what of two not exactly lost classics but two films that get overlooked when it comes to discussing the classic epic movies of yesteryear?
Lion of The Desert -A star-studded historical epic in the tradition of “Spartacus” and “Lawrence Of Arabia” - and The Message – A fascinating, action-packed period epic chronicling the life and times of the prophet Muhammed and the origins of Islam – are two upcoming home entertainment titles that perhaps aren’t as well known as the big Hollywood titles but nevertheless have the same huge scale, epic sweep and cinematic ambition as those movies that hog the Sunday afternoon TV slots.
Find out more about them below:
“The year is 1929 and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini faces a 20-year-long war waged by Bedouin patriots who are resisting Italian colonisation and the establishment of “The Fourth Shore” – essentially a re-birth of a Roman Empire in Africa. Hoping to crush the rebellion, Mussolini appoints the ruthless General Rodolfo Graziani, a man who would come to be known as the “Butcher of Fezzan”” MORE
“It is the 7th Century in Mecca, and powerful leaders are in conflict with Mohammad who attacks their way of life and the injustices it produces. Claiming to have seen a vision of the Angel Gabriel, Mohammad calls on the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of the Kaaba and to worship one God. Despite bitter opposition from the leaders of Mecca, Mohammad and his faithful followers meet secretly to listen to the revelations of the word of God. The leaders respond with persecution, forcing the Moslems to leave Mecca and take sanctuary in Medina.” MORE