Alexander - 2004
Directed by Oliver Stone
In this epic movie, Oliver Stone shows the life of Alexander the Great (Iskander the Accursed in some circles) who put an end to Ancient Persia's Achaemenid Dynasty by crushing its armies. Though relentless in his conquests, Alexander is portrayed as respecting the culture of his new Persian subjects by adapting some of their customs, marrying a Bactrian Noblewoman, and keeping Persians in his company.
Color, 2 hours 55 minutes, English
The world according to the Greeks, "Although an inferior race, the Persians control at least 4/5 of the known world...the oriental races are known for their barbarity and their slavish devotion to their senses...that is why we Greeks are superior..."
As we see the Persian soldiers for the first time, Alexander rallies his men, demeaning the Persians, "..these men do not fight for their homes, they fight because this King (Darius III) tells them they must..." Oliver Stone does not seem to realize that Alexander and the Macedonians are the invading force and the Persians are fighting in defense of their land.
Persian Archers let loose a volley of arrows. It is not enough to stop the Macedonian Phalanx.
King Darius III (played by Israeli Raz Degan) underestimates his opponent and flees when the battle gets too close to his train.
Alexander looks upon Babylon, which the movie treats as the center of the Persian Empire. No reference is made to Persepolis nor to its burning down by order of a drunken Alexander.
A harem girl holds the ubiquitous Persian Cat.
To the dismay of his Generals, Alexander marries a Bactrian named Roxane (played by the multiethnic Rosario Dawson, though none of her ethnicities are Iranian) so that "Greek and Barbarian may be reconciled in peace."
The movie is filled with recreations of Ancient Persian Motifs including this representation of the Zarathustran God Ahura Mazda which hangs over Alexander's deathbed.
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