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30 Oct 2011, 6:35 pm

Being such a freak for Roman history, I can’t believe I avoided this show for so long!

I guess it was (in part) because my only experience of BBC productions from the 70’s came from Monty Python and DR. Who….

While I love those shows, they don’t scream high production value. I guess I thought Claudius would be like some bad, poorly acted, video taped play….

BUT, I WAS WRONG!

I*Claudius doesn’t have a lot of action or a huge budget, but it does have good sets/costumes, and GREAT acting and writing!

Sian Phillips is fantastic as Livia! It’s historical fiction to be sure, but it is so much fun watching her operate as the villain of the first half of the series! :D

The plot is basically:

Here’s a nice young man that Augustus is grooming to succeed him… Now here’s Livia, plotting to, and then killing him! And here’s Augustus being oblivious… :wink:

The thing is, it works!

Also, young Patrick Stewart is great as Sejanus. Not quite as good a villain as Livia, but great just the same. The look on his face when Tiberius throws him to the Senate and he realizes the jig is up is priceless! :lol:


Anyway, I’m only about halfway through the series, but man is it a hoot!! !

Tiberius should die by the next episode and then… Well, I can’t wait to see what John Hurt does as Caligula! I'm sure some spectacular hi-jinx is about to ensue!

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30 Oct 2011, 7:53 pm

I loved watching I CLAVDIVS on P.B.S. It was a hoot.

It was also the first place I ever saw Patrick Stewart.

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30 Oct 2011, 8:08 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwC7YH-1jM[/youtube]

Heh.... The guy putting the screws to Jean-Luc is John Rhys-Davies! :twisted:


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30 Oct 2011, 8:11 pm

BBC productions from the 70’s had the worst lighting ever!



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30 Oct 2011, 8:51 pm

I watched bits and pieces years ago and later read the book by Robert Graves. It's a good idea to watch again. I'm glad you brought it up. The book is great by the way.


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31 Oct 2011, 4:31 am

shrox wrote:
BBC productions from the 70’s had the worst lighting ever!


In the 80s too. Haven't you seen Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep?


Hey, if we're posting videos from I, Claudius, we should not forget Brian Blessed's immortal line...


IS THERE ANYONE IN ROME WHO HASN'T SLEPT WITH MY DAUGHTER??!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhsY5XEqTWY[/youtube]


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31 Oct 2011, 12:21 pm

^^^ That's a great scene! The line of guys just goes on and on... :lol:


I just finished Zeus, By Jove!. I think they managed to capture the bizarre madness of Caligula without getting too offensive...


Honestly, I'm not opposed to a bit of offensiveness. I just ordered the Imperial Edition of Caligula (1979). That's supposed to be one of the most offensive movies ever made. I guess I'll find out.

Anyway, my favorite quote from the episode:

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Gentlemen, Tiberius Claudius is definitely dead.
No question of it.
When I entered his room, he was lying peacefully in his bed.*

~Caligula






*After they think Tiberius is dead, he revives, and Macro smothers him with a pillow. :twisted:


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31 Oct 2011, 4:40 pm

GoonSquad wrote:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwC7YH-1jM[/youtube]

Heh.... The guy putting the screws to Jean-Luc is John Rhys-Davies! :twisted:


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utUoZ38pvCc[/youtube]
I posted this at 2:41 railroad. My favorite flave.



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01 Nov 2011, 3:01 am

^^^ The poor British... They can't help it if they talk funny! :wink:


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01 Nov 2011, 12:32 pm

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^^^ The poor British... They can't help it if they talk funny! :wink:


Are you kidding? I love the British accent. That accent can make anything sound awesome!
http://io9.com/5288654/anything-sounds- ... ish-accent



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01 Nov 2011, 5:45 pm

^^^ Yeah... Actually, I like accents too. I don't know where Western/Mid-West bland (aka the American accent) came from but it sucks.

When I'm "on" I sound a lot like Slim Pickens from Dr. Stranglove.

When I'm tired, stressed, or otherwise too aspie, I sound like Billy Bob Thornton from Sling Blade... :oops:

The British do talk funny, but not funnier than me! :P


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01 Nov 2011, 7:36 pm

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^^^ Yeah... Actually, I like accents too. I don't know where Western/Mid-West bland (aka the American accent) came from but it sucks.

When I'm "on" I sound a lot like Slim Pickens from Dr. Stranglove.

When I'm tired, stressed, or otherwise too aspie, I sound like Billy Bob Thornton from Sling Blade... :oops:

The British do talk funny, but not funnier than me! :P


My theory is that it's Dutch (Western/Mid-West bland). The first time I heard a Dutch person speaking I was struck with how similar the cadence was to the generic US accent. The Dutch were a significant presence in the early colonial period.


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01 Nov 2011, 9:34 pm

^^^ Yeah, I could buy that. I think the accent certainly has a non English/Scottish/Irish origin.



On topic:

May I present Imperator Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tebTGIddPDk[/youtube]

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02 Nov 2011, 1:11 am

8O

Welp, now I've seen everything. John Hurt, in drag, dancing.

Excuse me, does anyone have any brain bleach? :|


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02 Nov 2011, 4:06 am

Quatermass wrote:
8O

Welp, now I've seen everything. John Hurt, in drag, dancing.

Excuse me, does anyone have any brain bleach? :|


What about Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/

Or perhaps Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/