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The Eagle Movie Question

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Alisha Marie Klapheke
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The Eagle Movie Question

Postby Alisha Marie Klapheke » Sun March 4th, 2012, 3:56 am

Okay, so I just watched The Eagle with cutie Channing Tatum or whatever his name is. What is the story with the "mark" mentioned by the head painted man? He said that the gods marked each of the Romans with this scar thingy. What is he talking about? I'm dying of curiosity here!

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun March 4th, 2012, 5:13 am

The mark he means is the callus on the chin that is made by the strap of a legionary's helmet, after years of wearing it. In the book, it was how the Protagonist recognized the legionary gone native when he was beyond the wall.

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Postby Alisha Marie Klapheke » Fri March 9th, 2012, 4:17 am

Cool--thanks, MLE! That was driving me crazy. How's writing going these days?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri March 9th, 2012, 4:29 am

"Alisha Marie Klapheke" wrote:Cool--thanks, MLE! That was driving me crazy. How's writing going these days?

Making changes. But that's what writing is all about.
Latest fascinating book is on how some screenplays become blockbuster movies, while some flop. It's called 'the Moral Premise: harnessing virtue and vice for box office success. In a word, if the audience doesn't buy the 'story lesson' -- if the 'wrong' things happen = evil rewarded, good punished, then they won't like the movie. Things can be upbeat or downbeat, but people go to fiction to see the world work the way it should.

I'm not writing screenplays, but there is a lot to learn from successful script writing. Basically it is 'show don't tell' all the way.

annis
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Postby annis » Fri March 9th, 2012, 8:14 pm

I'm convinced that this movie is never going to make its way to New Zealand. It's never played in movie theatres here and hasn't even been released in local stores in DVD form - though from what I've seen of reviews, maybe that's not a bad thing :)


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