Alexander the Great (1956)
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Colorful pageant of a film would have benefited from some judicious trimming, by about 1/2 an hour.
Another boring epic I saw on TV. I didn't see the whole thing, but some scenes were okay. Overall an okay movie.
Huge overblown epic about the ancient world has Burton as Alexander the Great who fails to really bring the history to life or draw you in so you care about the well known character one way or the other. March was unrecognizable as Alexander's father Philip but stood out in the role. It plays like a soap opera with the disputes between ancient nations, between son and parents, and between leader and subjects. I kept expecting the story to go further. I had recently read a biography of Alexander the Great by Agnes Savill that seemed fairly balanced. There is hardly anything about the military strategy used, the few battle scenes lack action or energy, and the influence of Aristotle and the way that Alexander's culture spread is scarcely mentioned.
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