Interesting Perspective on a Roman/Jew Relationship
June 10, 2015
This was an interesting series to watch. You can tell that the Roman official was having difficulties having to go against his agreements with the rebellious Jew. I wasn't too thrilled with the Jew's decision at the end of the movie, but it served a point to the Romans that anytime a Jew is a subservient to a Roman, it is not freedom.
This film reveals how non-related incidences can determine important issues, even wars. What makes this movie special is how it goes behind the scenes during the conflict between the Roman empire and the Nation of Israel. The acting is superb and the storyline is very good also. Some might find this a little slow because it is more about the strategies behind the scenes than the actual fighting. But it should keep you interested throughout if this subject matter is of interest to you at all.
I read the book Masada many years ago and then watched the series on television. Have wanted to see it msny times since. Tje Library did not carry the DVD. I bought this one as a gift so cannot answer for the quality or expectations at the moment.
THIS SERIES DREW ME IN TO THE TIME PERIOD AND FOLLOWED UP WITH RESEARCH AND JOSEPHUS'S ACCOUNT OF THIS TRIUMPHANT TRAGEDY.
STAND OUT PERFORMANCES BY THE LEADS PETER O'TOOLE (GENERAL CORNELIUS FLAVIUS SILVA ) AND PETER STRAUSS (ELEAZAR BEN YAIR ).
THIS WAS A FOUR PART SERIES AND NOT AT ALL DID IT DRAG.
IT WAS ENTHRALLING.
ESPECIALLY PETER O' TOOLE'S DELIVERY, WITH HIS DEEP RICH VOICE...TO REMEMBER ALL THOSE LINES IN ONE TAKE AND TO BE SO 'IN' THE PART PORTRAYED,SHOWS HIS EXCEPTIONAL TALENT AND THEATRE TRAINING AT THE BRISTOL OLD VIC.
I saw Masada as a boy,and it was better than I remebered.The story of Masada is not in the bible,however it is in the writings of Josephus a Jewish historian who was born 4 years after Jesus crucifixion,and the movie is accurate according to his account.Eleazar,and Flavius Silva were portrayed magnificently.