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Masada – The Complete Epic Mini-Series

May 27, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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In first century A.D., Flavius Silva (Peter O’Toole), commander in Roman Palestine, leads his forces in combat against the remaining Jewish Zealots who have taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. There, the engineering and military might of Rome faces the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair (Peter Strauss) and his people. Based on the novel “The Antagonists” by Ernest K. Gann, this epic, 4-part mini-series was shot on location in Israel.Amazon.com essential video
This 1981 television miniseries, based on Ernest K. Gann’s historical novel The Antagonists, is a dramatization of a documented revolt by nearly a thousand Jerusalem Jews against Roman oppressors in A.D. 72 to 73. Follo… More >>

Masada – The Complete Epic Mini-Series

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5 Responses to “Masada – The Complete Epic Mini-Series”
  1. J. L. Troise says:

    Being a student of Roman history, the butchery of the facts in this DVD is quite appalling, but I suppose it’s no worse than Disney’s version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In any event, the melodramatic script is preposterous Hollywood fluff. Anyone who knows anything about the Romans would cringe at O’Toole’s scripted part as a Roman governor.

    Aside from the fact that the story is ridiculous, and that this is blatant Israeli propaganda, I have to give at least two stars because the Roman uniforms were fairly accurate and the scenes with the siege engine were first rate; also, a smattering of the dialogue was actually passably good.

    Acting wasn’t bad either. The poor actors made do with what they were given. All that was missing was Charlton Heston.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Roedy Green says:

    What makes this drama so unusual is that you are sympathetic to both sides in this contest of wills. It is like Peter O’Toole’s other epic, Beckett in that regard. It also reminds me of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan where the pragmatic Cauchon is totally frustrated reasoning with the religious fanatic St. Joan.

    The leader of the Jews convinces everyone to commit suicide rather than face the dishonour of defeat to the Romans. The notion is preposterous, that one should commit suicide just to spite your adversary and deprive him of the joy of victory. Yet Peter Strauss as the leader of the Jews makes it sound plausible.

    Masada makes it easier to understand David Koresh and Jonestown.

    The movie though makes the suicides look like an honourable and the only sensible thing to do, thanks to the stirring musical score and the total lack of any objection to the crazy scheme.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Excellent production, outstanding performances by O’Toole and Strauss, in particular. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Masada is a story of both faith and determination. The Romans had to

    crush all resistance to thier rule. The film shows the engineering feat

    the Romans accomplished to just get to the fortification that was Masada.

    The film tells the story and it’s left to the viewed to decide who the

    winner and losers were.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. This is a good representation of the event and helped set the scene for our visit to the site
    Rating: 4 / 5

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