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October 5, 2014

Crash Course World History: “The End of Civilization (In the Bronze Age)”

A few months ago, I posted about Crash Course Literature’s take on the Odyssey. As the Sea Peoples are my favourite awesomely named group of long ago people who maybe did or maybe didn’t exist, I was pretty excited when I saw the thumbnail for this week’s installment of the second Crash Course World History series. The Trojan War only gets a couple shout-outs in the video, which makes me feel like I’m cheating posting about it, but it might be useful to some as a quick introduction to what happened in the time after the war is thought to have taken place. This video also features two mentions of Canada (a rare thing in Crash Course!) and an appearance by a Kingdom Hearts keyblade (KH being one of about three video games I’ve finished) so, you know. I obviously had to link to it.

August 2, 2014

Three Movies I Wish I Could See

1) Elektra (2010) (video link)

Based on the Electra of mythology as well as the Eugene O’Neill adaptation “Mourning Becomes Electra,” this is an Indian movie in the Malayalam language that has yet to be released due to a dispute over its distribution. I was a little disappointed by the 1947 film version of Mourning Becomes Electra and would love to see a different director take on the story, so hopefully we’ll be able to watch this sooner rather than later! Above is the trailer; also on YouTube are “Arikil Varu,” “Ekakiyaayi” and “Let’s Dance,” the three songs on the film’s soundtrack. More information can be found on Wikipedia.

2) The Iliad With Zombies
Everything I know about this “low budget film project” I know from its TV Tropes page. Apparently it was on YouTube for a time but now it is not. The only other evidence I’ve been able to find of it ever existing is this text-only trailer and a recommendation for the fanfic that it may or may not have been based on, which is also unavailable. The amount that I want to see this movie is pretty ridiculous considering that all I really know about it is that it apparently contains super anachronistic lines like the following:

Patroclus: “Basically, this is turning out a lot like To Kill A Mockingbird … but with a lot less black people and a lot more spears.”
Odysseus: “Maybe you should have left a trail of breadcrumbs before starting off down that metaphor.”

I’m sold.

3) From the Word & Film article “8 Shakespeare Adaptations That Don’t Exist (And Their Directors)“:

Another atonal play, [“Troilus and Cressida”] vacillates between romance, sex comedy, and war play, mostly following the plots and hijinks of a few different characters without a unified plot.

Director: Sir Ridley Scott — the Trojan War represents a huge gap in Sir Ridley’s filmography. Hopefully he could flatten the play’s dissonance of tones, finding a balance between love, revenge, and madness the same way that he did in Gladiator (2000).


March 9, 2014

Three “Troilus and Cressida” Trailers

My confusing obsession with William Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” continues, although unfortunately not in any productive way. In the tradition of my Three Plays I Wish I Could See post, here are three “Troilus and Cressida”-related videos that I found while wasting time on YouTube.

1) “Troilus and Cressida” by Cheek by Jowl (video link)

This trailer is for British company Cheek by Jowl’s 2008 production of the play. The only sounds in this quiet trailer are hushed dialogue and haunting music; that and the colourless modern outfits make me think this production was going for a pretty unique tone. I would have loved to see it, although the clown mask seen on the web site would probably have given me nightmares for weeks.

Also on Cheek by Jowl’s YouTube channel is a trailer for a 2009 production of Jean Racine’s “Andromaque.” Which also would have given me nightmares for weeks.

2) “Troilus and Cressida” by Hillcrest High School (video link)

YouTube did not exist when I was in high school but man I would have loved to have trailers for the musical theatre shows I took part in. I am impressed both by the number of guys in this 2013 production (my high school could barely scrounge up enough guys for our Pride and Prejudice musical) and by the fact that a high school performing arts department took on “Troilus and Cressida,” which is not the easiest of plays! I think the music is mainly what sells this trailer but the play itself doesn’t look half bad and I genuinely love that Pandarus seems to have been played by a woman.

3) Road to the Globe: “Troilus & Cressida” (video link)

Unlike the above two trailers, this is not a trailer for the play itself; it’s for a documentary about the production of the play that was performed in Māori at the Globe Theatre’s Globe to Globe Festival in 2012. A documentary about “Troilus and Cressida” being performed in a different language?! This is at least three of my favourite things all together in one movie and I cannot wait to see it. In the meantime, I definitely plan to watch the thirty-minute video I found on YouTube about the process of translating the play into Maori (part one and part two). Update: Check out my review!

March 2, 2014

Crash Course Literature: The “Odyssey”

John Green, host of Crash Course World History, one of my favourite YouTube series ever, has begun his second Crash Course Literature series with a twelve-minute look at Homer’s Odyssey. As an installment in a fairly accessible and popular YouTube channel I do kind of wish this video was a bit more “Here are some reasons the Odyssey is considered a great work of literature and here’s why you should read it too!” and a bit less “Here are some reasons Odysseus is a jerk!,” but at the same time the open letter to the patriarchy that begins at 6:55 is so beautiful that it reduces all my criticisms to nothing.

John Green takes on another classic in the Crash Course video for “Oedipus Rex.”

October 1, 2012

Three Plays I Wish I Could See

1) “Troilus and Cressida” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (video link)

I am a sucker for Shakespeare productions that change the settings of the plays; this one is set “against the backdrop of the U.S. conflict in the contemporary Middle East” and so, even though this video review isn’t totally keen on it, I’m pretty bummed that it’s playing on the other side of the world. Here’s the web site if any of you will be in Oregon this month.

2) 「トロイラスとクレシダ」 (“Troilus and Cressida”) in Tokyo
Believe it or not, this is not the production of “Troilus and Cressida” that I saw in Saitama, but an entirely different production coming up later this month in Tokyo. I won’t be able to see it due to work events, but having just watched a couple clips from this group’s previous bizarre productions I’m not sure I would be able to understand it anyway! Here’s the info for “Troilus and Cressida”; here’s the group’s main site.

3) “TROY! The Musical” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (video link)

Okay, so apparently this one is over already, but clearly I need to buy a time machine so I can go back and see it. Women playing Hector, Achilles and Odysseus? The promise of jazz hands? An exclamation mark in the title? Clearly this could not have been anything but awesome.

Have you seen any of these productions? Leave a comment and let us know all about it! :)

April 7, 2012

Two Ridiculous YouTube Finds

First up, I would just like to assure everyone that this blog has not been abandoned! At the moment I am living and working in Japan, and as such most of my time has been taken over by things unrelated to fangirling over the Trojan War. Unfortunate! Feel free to enjoy the ridiculous videos below as I slowly make my way through the next book up for review — a review that will hopefully be more intelligent than anything in this post.

1. Troy Killcount

A video consisting of nothing but all of the moments from Troy in which Achilles kills somebody. I’m not really sure what to make of this, but I think I love that it exists.

2. Agamemnon Gasping for Air for 4 Minutes

There is a surprisingly number of videos on YouTube that exist only to make fun of Troy!Agamemnon’s “gas leak laugh.” Was this a meme at some point? And if so, how on earth did I miss it???