Aleksander / Alexander (2004)

ALEKSANDER / Alexander (2004)

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«OPIS FILMU» Aleksander Wielki (Colin Farrell) to jeden z władców wszech czasów – niezwykle odważny, obdarzony zmysłem strategicznym oraz nieprzeciętną urodą. Od dziecka przygotowywany był do roli wielkiego władcy i bohatera – następcy Achillesa i Heraklesa. Zwłaszcza przez ambitną i zaborczą matkę Olimpias (Angelina Jolie), która popadłszy w niełaskę króla Filipa II, zapewne widziała w synu szansę na osobisty awans w dworskiej hierarchii. Ten spełnił jej oczekiwania, przejmując tron po ojcu i stając się niekwestionowanym władcą starożytnej cywilizacji. Przez osiem lat podbił ze swą armią 90% ziem ówczesnego świata – jego imperium rozciągało się od Grecji po Indie – przemierzając przy tym 35 tys. km. Dzieje Aleksandra to życie koszarowe i bitwy, ale także skomplikowane relacje z bliskimi: dominującą matką, wymagającym ojcem, intymnym przyjacielem Hefajstionem (Jared Leto) czy Roksaną (Rosario Dawson), którą poślubił z miłości i dla spłodzenia potomka, a nie z kalkulacji politycznej.

W filmie możemy zobaczyć min. bitwę z Persami pod Gaugamelą, ciężką walkę z Hindusami, która przerodziła się w „rzeź nie mającą w ogóle żadnego sensu”, jak to powiedział Ptolemeusz w filmie, czy młodość Aleksandra i oswojenie przez Aleksandra, Bucefała.

«PLOT» The story begins 40 years after 323 BC, around 283 BC, with Ptolemy I Soter, who narrates throughout the film. Alexander grows up with his mother Olympias and his tutor Aristotle, where he finds interest in love, honor, music, exploration, poetry and military combat. His relationship with his father is destroyed when Philip marries Attalus’s niece, Eurydice. Alexander insults Philip after disowning Attalus as his kinsman, which results in Alexander’s banishment from Philip’s palace.

After Philip is assassinated, Alexander becomes King of Macedonia. Ptolemy mentions Alexander’s punitive campaign in which he razes Thebes, also referring to the later burning of Persepolis, then gives an overview of Alexander’s west-Persian campaign, including his declaration as the son of Zeus by the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis, his great battle against the Persian Emperor Darius III in the Battle of Gaugamela, and his eight-year campaign across Asia.

Also shown are Alexander’s private relationships with his childhood friend Hephaistion, Bagoas, and later his wife, Roxana. Hephaistion compares Alexander to Achilles, to which Alexander replies that Hephaistion must be his Patroclus (Achilles’ best friend and lover). When Hephaistion mentions that Patroclus died first, Alexander pledges that, if Hephaistion should die first, he will follow him into the afterlife. Hephaistion shows extensive jealousy when he sees Alexander with Roxana and deep sadness when he marries her, going so far as to attempt to keep her away from him after Alexander murders Cleitus the Black in India.

After initial objection from his soldiers, Alexander convinces them to join him into his final and bloodiest battle, the Battle of Hydaspes. He is severely injured with an arrow but survives and is celebrated. Later on, Hephaistion succumbs to an unknown illness either by chance or perhaps poison, speculated in the movie to be typhus carried with him from India. Alexander, full of grief and anger, distances himself from his wife, despite her pregnancy, believing that she has killed Hephaistion. He dies less than three months after Hephaistion, in the same manner, keeping his promise that he would follow him. On his deathbed, Bagoas grieves as Alexander’s generals begin to split up his kingdom and fight over the ownership of his body.

The story then returns to 283 BC, where Ptolemy admits to his scribe that he, along with all the other officers, had indeed poisoned Alexander just to spare themselves from any future conquests or consequences. However, he has it recorded that Alexander died due to illness compounding his overall weakened condition. He then goes on to end his memoirs with praise to Alexander.

The story then ends with the note that Ptolemy’s memoirs of Alexander were eventually burned, lost forever with the Library of Alexandria.

23-9-2019

480p PL

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