Monday, October 15, 2007

Is History Important?

My Sweetie and I enjoyed the movie was incredible as was the first Elizabeth movie. Of course the company was the BEST.

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While we were walking to the car my Sweetie pondered about a scene on the movie: Contemplating if it was indeed Sir Walter Raleigh that set fire to the British ships and unleashing them towards the anchored ships of the Armada in order to scatter the Spanish fleet.
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There is a climactic scene in Elizabeth: The Golden Age where Clive Owen’s character, supposedly Sir Walter Raleigh, has the brilliant idea of setting British ships on fire and unleashing them towards the anchored ships of the Armada in order to scatter the Spanish fleet. Historians credit Sir Francis Drake with that exploit. However, Shakhar Kapur unabashedly usurps that episode from Sir Francis Drake’s life and puts it in the hands of Sir Walter Raleigh in his film; while in actual fact Sir Raleigh was safe on land-
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– just in case history is of any significance here.
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########## Laura Sydell, NPR interviews the films Director. 'Elizabeth' Director Brings Indian Sensibility to Work
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3 comments:

Alyssa said...

Sounds like an excellent movie. Even if Hollywood did rearrange history a bit.

Old Wom Tigley said...

History & Movies just don't mix to well I find, as films they make good watching.
I like the tree, I have two silver birch at the back of the garden, I planted then a few years ago now. Each year I am awarded by them. Birds will flock to the trees for protection from Hawks, feed on the bugs and insects, or just sit and wait their turn at the feeders.
Planting trees is a most, and as you see very awarding

DeeMom said...

Alyssa, we indeed enjoyed the movie…the costumes, sets etc were wonderful and O.W.T. for sure good watching.

As for tree planting O.W.T. we have been doing it here since we first moved here many years ago.

When we walk around and recall the Walnut trees as mere whips that now rise well over our heads and provide nuts for the animals and us. The pine trees that had once graced our home for Christmas well beyond ever coming back in as the shelter many a bird and rabbit…indeed a fantastic reward as we try to be good stewards of the land.