Archive of films Alexander: The Ultimate Cut / Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
2014, 206 min
Section: Tribute to Oliver Stone
In 2004 Oliver Stone undertook his one excursion into the genre of historical costume dramas. The life of ruler Alexander III of Macedon provided him with a starting point for another cautionary tale about political power concentrated in the hands of one man. In harmony with traditional historical mega-films à la Cecil B. DeMille, Stone turned in a grandiose spectacle featuring Colin Farrell and other bejeweled movie stars. The 206-minute reedit from 2013 (Alexander: The Ultimate Cut) is the director’s fourth and definitive version.
This epic historical drama holds an exceptional place in Oliver Stone’s filmography: it is his only cinematic venture set in ancient, non-American times. Nevertheless, it serves as an independent analog to his controversial biopics of famous politicians – John Kennedy (JFK, 1991), Richard Nixon (Nixon, 1995), and George W. Bush (W., 2008). The life of the historical ruler Alexander III of Macedon (356-323 BCE) provided Stone with a starting point for another of his cautionary tales about political power concentrated in the hands of one man. The influence of his unscrupulous father King Philip II, dominant mother Olympias, and the philosopher Aristotle shaped the future king’s destiny. After ascending the throne at the age of 20, Alexander quickly gained a reputation as an invincible sovereign and military commander, who united Greece during the campaigns against the Persian Empire and conquered his way to the Indian subcontinent.… In harmony with traditional historical mega-films à la Cecil B. DeMille, Stone turned in a grandiose spectacle of bejeweled movie stars with Colin Farrell at the fore. Based on Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox’s book, the picture takes a critical look at the title character: Here, Alexander is an idealist whose power and fame progressively transform into megalomania. His paranoia, in turn, affects his relationship to those closest to him and, given the loss of cultural identity, leads to his internal breakdown.… The 206-minute reedit from 2013 (Alexander: The Ultimate Cut) is the director’s fourth and definitive version.
About the film
|Section:||Tribute to Oliver Stone|
|Screenplay:||Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis|
|Dir. of Photography:||Rodrigo Prieto|
|Editor:||Tom Nordberg, Yann Herve, Alex Marquez|
|Producer:||Thomas Schühly, Jon Kilik, Moritz Borman|
|Cast:||Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins|