May 28, 2004


As Rethabile has rightly surmised, the past few weeks have been very busy — thanks for the kind words, Rethabile, it’s nice to know I’ve been missed. I do still plan to catch up the past few weeks with a series of posts, but for now, this brief post about today will have to do.

Today my wife and I went to see the movie Troy. You can read my wife’s more learned and informed comments, but for my part I found that the film really captured the feel and scope of epic in a way no other film adaptation of epic poetry, at least as far as I’ve seen, has. Whatever ‘inaccuracies’ or changes there may have been, I think that’s the main point. Now if only film makers would treat medieval epic as successfully.

Though romance not epic, there is a film about the Arthurian story coming out this summer, but from what I can tell from the previews I’ve seen so far, I’m not very optimistic. It seems that they’re claiming to be telling a the story behind the myth, a more realistic ‘historical’ story, but instead they seem to be using the stories from the later Arthurian legends and just stripping away all the magic and mysticism. Rather than giving an accurate portrayal of Roman Britain in the time of the Germanic invasion, they’ve included elements of the Arthur stories which are clearly borrowed from later French tradition (such as the whole Lancelot part of the story). But I should hold my judgements until I’ve actually seen the thing.

Anyway, I’m off to a barbeque with friends tonight, but hopefully I’ll blog again tomorrow with further updates and perhaps an account of this evening’s gastronomic delights.

Posted by Mark at May 28, 2004 06:35 PM

Hmmm…I’m doing that looking back in the archives thing, and discovering that I can’t post comments to old entries. Oh well…Hi Mark! What’s philology? What’s a psaltery?
Also, I’m sure you know this, but I must reiterate: You and Aven HAVE to go to The British Museum. Oh thrilling!!

Posted by: Morel at May 31, 2004 08:06 PM

Oops. Also, HAPPY VERY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! One of these years I’ll get the date right. I knitted you a bikini. I hope you like it.

Posted by: Morel at May 31, 2004 08:10 PM

You use a prodigous number of words that start with the letter “p” that I’ve never heard before…

Posted by: Morel at May 31, 2004 09:54 PM