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Joep123 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

Hi everyone;
What are your recommendations for the Odyssey story on film.
I know Kirk Douglas was in one version and I think Armand Asante was in a mini series version.
Any ideas.

Joep123 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 7:00 p.m. PST

Hi everyone;
What are your recommendations for the Odyssey story on film.
I know Kirk Douglas was in one version and I think Armand Asante was in a mini series version.
Any ideas.

thosmoss10 Oct 2017 8:40 p.m. PST

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou is dear to my heart.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 10:49 p.m. PST

I think Vanessa Williams was in the Armand Asante version as either Calypso or Cersei Lannister. I forget. All I remember about it is that Asante annoyed me immensely.

McWong7311 Oct 2017 3:54 a.m. PST
Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 4:22 a.m. PST

I second the nomination of "Oh Brother, Where art Thou?"


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Kirk Douglas for the win.

Joep123 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

O Brother where art Thou is an excellent movie and soundtrack.
I'll check out Kirk Douglas version of the Odyssey.

Randall11 Oct 2017 6:52 a.m. PST

<sigh> I'm still waiting for a solid film (or mini-series) version of The Odyssey.

farnox11 Oct 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

Having watched the Kirk Douglas version growing up, I am partial to it.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

A third nomination for "O Brother Where Art Thou" and five gold stars for the soundtrack!

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

A fourth nomination for "O Brother Where Art Thou" and the Foggy Bottom Boys.

USAFpilot11 Oct 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

A first nomination for "O Brother Where Art Thou" being a crappy movie and complete waste of time.

My recommendation, reread the book.

Ping Pong11 Oct 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

Soggy Bottom Boys?

JMcCarroll Inactive Member11 Oct 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

Kirk Douglas for sure. Real actor.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

I was surprised to find that I preferred the Armand Assante version. It seemed truer to the material. The ladies were also very nice: Isabella Rossilini, Bernadette Peters and Vanessa Williams.

That said I also thought "O Brother Where art Thou" was brilliant.

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

I'm partial to the Armand Asante version, but then, I'm partial to the women in it.

Sobieski Inactive Member12 Oct 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Pope's translation is far livelier reading than Homer's original.

Benvartok13 Oct 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

Another for O Brother….

In fact why not grab that and any other Cohen brothers film while you wait for someone to make a better Odyssey.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

O Brother Where Art Thou is a great retelling of the Odyssey.

williamb17 Oct 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

There is a new version starring hugh Jackman that is in production.

magister equitum24 Oct 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

I'm suprised it hasn't been mentioned, the best Odyssey version ever is the 1968 TV series by Rai italian television. It starred Bekhim Fehmiu as Ulysses, it's quite faithful to the story, well acted and directed. You can find an english dubbed version on Youtube link

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Nov 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

The link goes to Wikipedia, not YouTube.

BTW, I'm very partial to the Stanley Lombardo translations of Odyssey and Iliad. Vigorous and non-cluttered; possibly too "modern" for some tastes, but they really crackle, and they make great introductions for people otherwise averse to trying the classics.

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