Director: Michael Apted, Allen Coulter, Alan Poul, Steve Shill, Timothy Van Patten, Alan Taylor, John Maybury.
the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic
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I did not catch all the episodes of this mini-series, but I was a little disappointed. It is definitely worth watching, especially if one does not know much about the events surrounding Julius Caesar, Pompey, Brutus, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, but I did not think the attention put on two fictional members of the Roman army, Varenus and Pullo, was really justified. The story is complicated enough with just the true main characters. The movie could have spend more time on the main characters if it weren't for Varenus and Pullo.
And did I learn anything from the two soldiers, no matter how talented they may have been? I don't think so.
HBO advertised that their movie was a much sexier version of the story of Julius Caesar. And that is true, if that makes you more favorable to the movie.
But please don't let me discourage you, watch the series.
Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.
See Julius Caesar (1953)
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