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Six-Months War; Take 4

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by TheLizardKing, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. talonschild

    talonschild Drive-By NESer

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    Yikes.

    Viktor Azarov, President


    PS: Leaders of Spain, Germany, Turkey, and the Arab rebellion are invited to Simferopol to talk it out over beer if it will sort this out.
     
  2. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    From: Second Spanish Empire
    To: Germany

    It is unfortunate that Germany has decided to align itself with a power that has seen fit to enact a campaign of military genocide against its own citizens, whose grievances that nation has been given adequate opportunity to address both domestically and internationally. However, we respect your determination to see what you believe to be right done. While you may have seen fit to terminate the Madrid-Berlin Pact, we trust that Germany will conduct itself with honor and discretion. We additionally affirm that we have no interest in seeing this regional conflict spread to Europe, and hope that at its conclusion, there will eventually be a normalization of relations between all involved parties.

    From: Second Spanish Empire
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    The Doha Conference was called two years ago by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the intention of addressing that nation's own concern regarding Arab unrest in the Ottoman Empire and the concern of the international community on that matter. The Spanish Empire proposed a plan whereby the Hedjaz would be released from the Ottoman Empire as a semi-autonomous protectorate to be administrated by the Spanish Empire until it was sufficiently stable to be allowed to administrate its own affairs as a sovereign state, to serve as a religious and cultural Arab homeland. This plan has been rejected by both the Ottoman Empire and Germany, and so the concerned powers have found it necessary to take the matter of Arab unrest in their own hands to ensure the ultimate regional stability. However, if at the conclusion of any hostilities, the Ottoman Empire saw fit to return to this original proposal Spain believes it to be a satisfactory answer to the "Arab question" in any eventuality. Let us be clear, we have no intention to dismember the Ottoman Empire or invalidate the sovereignty of the Sultan. Only to provide a solution to the problem of Arab unrest and place the region on a path to stability. What we have seen so far is that this cannot result from negotiation, as the Ottoman Empire is essentially unwilling to negotiate in the same good faith as other parties.
     
  3. talonschild

    talonschild Drive-By NESer

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    I bet beer would help.
     
  4. Tyo

    Tyo HANDS HIGH TO THE SOUND Retired Moderator

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    Bending history to your advantage before the conflict is even over? For shame. We tried negotiation; this went no-where. We are not killing Arabs in droves. We are destroying a hostile rebellion that the Spanish empire called illegal itself. Or do you twist words so much you forget what you actually say?

    The rebellion could have been an easy containment, but the Spanish and the rest of the interventionalists completely blew this out of proportion.
     
  5. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    Rejoice, people of the world!

    Spain leads the way into a new era; up Spain, up falangism, up Estardo!

    At this year's Montreal Exposition the Spanish Imperial Pavilion will feature dissertations on the glory of falangism by socialist intellectual and rector of the University of Salamanca, Miguel de Unamuno, as well as exhibits which shall encompass the illustrious and glorious history of the Spanish nation. Attendants of the exposition can look forward to being enlightened as to the forward-thinking and progressive ways of the Spanish nation and the Spanish people, and learning in the process about the ignorance and squalor in which they live in when compared to the glorious freedom and prosperity of the falangist system. In addition, directly from Spain, the National Falangist Party will showcase the discipline and precision of its uniformed party police, who will conduct a changing of the guard on the hour every hour for the entertainment and edification of all comers. Rest assured, there is fun for all ages at the Spanish pavilion!


    The Falangist Youth, this regiment brought to you all the way from Seville. Young patriots prepare for lives dedicated to the glory of their country!

    In addition to exhibition of the cultural revolution of the Spanish state, which shall serve as an example to all other nations in the coming age of international falangism, there shall be showcased examples of the industrial modernization which is being undertaken in Spain by Generalissimo Estardo's enlightened government. Decades of industrial and infrastructural decay is being swept away by the great Imperial State by the Great Leap Forward, an industrialization and modernization plan for all the people of Spain! Doubtless, future generations will look to these measures as inspiration: evidence of the power of a collective element of one nation, one glorious whole with one glorious goal.


    Modernity for all, and all for one.

    Finally, the Spanish Imperial Pavilion shall feature an exhibit on the Hispanidad, the unified global community of Spanish-speaking nations. Whether we are divided by geography or nationality we are united by our common language, by our common heritage, our common customs and common religion; we are the Hispanidad, and so can you. Spain is marching forward into the future! Soon, all the world will join us.


    Flag of the International Hispanidad. Gringos need not apply.
     
  6. Grandkhan

    Grandkhan Telvanni Master Wizard

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    The Montreal Expo: United States of America's Section

    All rise for the American National Anthem!


    Link to video.

    Science

    The United States of America prides itself on being at the forefront of the world's scientific community. The scientists of the Union are prized for their ingenuity and their entrepreneurial spirit, in a nation where any man's technology may gain a patent and fame!

    MARVEL at the wondrous science that brings to us the RADIOVISUAL DEVICE, a miraculous device that broadcasts the moving pictures by radio to the COMMON HOME! Built by the recent immigrant to the Union, Vladimir Zworykin, the RADIOVISION broadcasts the pictures into a tiny box! Such miraculous devices! The future of entertainment has never looked brighter!


    Zworykin's Radiovision

    TASTE the delights of the new BUBBLE GUM! Blow amazing bubbles from this delightful resin, and amaze and astonish your friends with your blowing PROWESS!

    See the RADIOVISION, BUBBLE GUM, and many other startling and wonderful scientific discoveries, at the United States section of the Montreal Expo TODAY!

    Industry

    Industrial innovation is the lifeblood of the modern world, and the Union is no different. The United States is proud to present the best that its industrialists and engineers have to offer!

    SEE the new automobiles by Warkers, Anderson Electric, Mercer, and Ford in action! WATCH the excitement, as the Warkers T9, the Anderson Electric Cooper, the Mercer Stallion, and the Ford Model-R RACE against each other in a daring contest as the Big Four Auto Companies compete to see who can create the GREATEST AUTO!


    The Cooper, Anderson Electric's newest offering into the burgeoning Automotive market.

    GASP with astonishment at the exploits of the Mavericks, the American continent's greatest aircraft Wing Walkers! Watch as they balance on the wings of their new Wright Bros. K-4 Bullet, the Wright Brother's newest aircraft on the market! Watch their DEATH DEFYING stunts and their careless disregard for the danger, aboard the United States' newest aircraft!


    The Mavericks, performing their stunts aboard their K-4 Bullet aircraft.

    VIEW the towering marvels of the New York skyline with a replica of the new SKYSCRAPERS being built in New York! See all of Montreal from its HEIGHTS, and go HIGHER than you ever have before!


    New York's Roosevelt Building, built 1924

    But don't forget, the Union is not just industrial! The United States brings to Montreal the BOUNTY OF THE MIDWEST! On the second night of the Montreal Expo, the United States Section will play host to a GRAND GALA DINNER for dignitaries and visitors from all states, feasting them with the agricultural produce of North America's breadbasket! The rich corn from the Midwest, delicious fruit from New England, and lean, mouthwatering beef from the ranches of the Prairies is sure to delight all diners!


    A cornfield in Illinois

    ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Union is the new face of Western culture in the Americas, with film and music being the new mediums of artistic expression in the new world. In a changing world, art must change as well, and the Union is on the forefront of the artistic wave!

    For the first time, American films will be shown outside the English-speaking World and Germany. The many brilliant films of Hollywood and other Union film locations will be shown in Montreal for the first time ever!

    Be RIVETED TO YOUR SEAT with excitement as Hawkeye and Chingachgook rescue women from the savage Hurons in The Last of the Mohicans!

    SCREAM with horror at the dreadful monster Fing Fang Foom in The Curse of the Mandarins!

    LAUGH at the comedic antics of the Marx brothers in their misadventures aboard a great ocean liner in The Love Boat!

    CRY at the forbidden love between Susan Jones and Sheikh Shaqta Ali Akbah, as the war in the Hedjaz tears them apart in The Sheikh of Arabia!

    All these, and many more, will be shown in the United States Section of the Montreal Expo!


    Sheikh Shaqta Ali Akbah (Andrew Royal) kisses Susan Jones (Colette Ryan) in The Sheikh of Arabia

    From the other end of the Union, comes the hit craze that is sweeping the nation - BROADWAY! The dazzling showtunes and amazing dance numbers of the Broadway Musical is sure to impress and thrill all who view it!

    For the first time ever a Broadway Musical is touring OUTSIDE THE UNION! Starring the creative talents of Alan Joneson, Max Quarter, and Lucy Gaile, All My Circuits is coming to Montreal! Be sure not to miss what critics have described as "A THEATRICAL TOUR DE FORCE", and be part of the excitement!

    But don't forget: the Union is not just California and New York! From the exotic shores of the Sandwich Islands come a troupe of BEAUTIFUL HULA DANCERS! Their exotic rhythms and motions are sure to CAPTIVATE viewers of all ages!


    A troupe of Hula Dancers in Oahu, Hawaii

    RELAX with the people of the Lakota tribe in a custom built ceremonial SWEAT LODGE! Come together in the path to spirituality among the Sioux, as Chief Howahkan teaches the ways of the Inipi sweat lodges and the Red Path of life.


    Chief Howahkan
     
  7. thomas.berubeg

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    OOC: TLK, just a confirmation... Cinema technology does NOT have sound yet, correct? (or color)
     
  8. m.t.cicero

    m.t.cicero Good Kid

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    From the hot windblown sands of the Middle East to the cold forests of Quebec come
    the Wonders of the Arab People



    New flag of Arabia

    Arabia is determined to show its worth to the people of the world, and will showcase such things as the luxurious tents of our Bedouin people:


    Grand minarets, symbols of our great Islamic faith:


    And, with the blessings of our Imams, a scale model of the great Ka'aba, a wonder inaccessible non-Muslims:


    Many Islamic theologians will also be present to teach the world about our great faith, and the muezzin will give the call to prayer, adhan, five times a day to share the beauty of our Islamic faith. The Arabs are a people at risk, and relish this opportunity to share our culture and promote understanding. We also will host a lively and friendly discussion between our ulama and imams and the local Christian theologians from the Quebec National University, and any other Chirstian thinkers who wish to attend, about how to increase understanding between our great faiths.
     
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    OOC: @thomas: The story was written on the assumption that is was black and white, hand-cranked film, super-grainy - roughly the film equivalent of their English grammar.
     
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    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    OOC: I'm talking about Civilized people Film ;)
     
  11. talonschild

    talonschild Drive-By NESer

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    OOC: Goddamn, I read Cinema as Crimea. That'll teach me to skim these postings... And judging by the film "Paris 1919", even the high-tech stuff hadn't reached that point. Of course, TLK can overrule that at any time.

    Oh, and ouch! ;)
     
  12. Grandkhan

    Grandkhan Telvanni Master Wizard

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    Historically films didn't have sound until 1927. The films I talked about in mine are silent.
     
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    OK, that's what I was wondering about... I've been putting some money into developing more advanced Cinema tech... and was worried that I'd spent money on developing something that already existed.
     
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    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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    Haruki never could stay in one place for a long time. Growing up as a farmer in the rural regions, as soon as he was done with his schooling he moved to Kyoto and got a job working as a clerk in a bank. When the Great War broke out, he joined the Imperial Japanese Army and participated in the Malaysian campaign. He performed with distinction, but when the war ended, he chose to pursue a civilian life. Thus he moved to Tokyo, where he still remains.

    In Tokyo, Haruki found a job working in a shoe factory. Naturally, he did not work in the assembly, but instead he was again a clerk. He found he liked this type of work, he enjoyed managing papers and did not mind the work. Now, as war is breaking out in China, there is an enormous demand for military boots, and the boss has decided placed Haruki in charge of directing the change in the factory towards production of boots.

    Haruki, like many Japanese, is excited for the opportunity to once again do something in direct service of the Emperor. All across Japan there is an increased sense of national unity and pride as the nation begins to pull together to support the war in Manchuria. Many see this war as merely another step towards the liberation of East Asia from the grip of European tyrants. Throughout all of Japan, there is a sense of duty for each citizen to do what is necessary to secure victory for Japan and her allies.

    OOC: I'll try to do a submission tonight.
     
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    The Glorious Submission by the Empire of Japan to the Montreal Expo shall feature the Mitsubishi IS2M Fighter Aircraft, the military version of the first ever reliable monoplane aircraft. Live demonstrations will be frequently given.



    We shall also include a scale model of the Tokyo System, which is the mass transit system currently under construction in Tokyo.



    At the Japanese Pavilion there will also be various traditional Japanese foods available for sampling, along with various displays of Japanese culture.



    Traditional music and artwork will be prominently displayed. The Imperial Government believes that the Japanese stall shall give those that visit a true taste of Japanese culture.
     
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  17. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    No more orders, or revisions will be accepted as of now. I'm going to start updating now. Get any stories or flavor stuff in while you can!
     
  18. Grandkhan

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    Big, long, culture post. Will probably edit pictures in later so its easier to read.

    Union Cinema; 1914-1925

    The 'Silent' Era of Hollywood is primarily categorised by its extensive melodrama and overacting. Due to the lack of sound and vocal action, emotions were conveyed by costume and by overacted body language. This went beyond mere wild gestures, however, and characters were often defined as "obviously" evil. Even today, the ethnic stereotypes that stem from the Silent Era are used as visual shorthands - the sweaty fat Southern gentleman in his white suit, the kimono-clad Japanese femme fatale, and the effeminately dressed Frenchmen all take their cues from the blatantly racist films of the period.

    This era is also, to some degree, a period where racism and political opinions began to show up more commonly in the films. The Roosevelt government seized the opportunity to use film as propaganda in 1914 - the first true propaganda film, A Brother's Dispute, stems from this period - and Hollywood swiftly followed taking its cues from the government. This later grew to encompass the fears of the people as well - just as the sweaty Confederate and the aristocratic Englishman became stereotypical villains due to government pressure from the Great War, the Japanese (though not exactly antagonistic to the USA - the Union government paid little heed to the yellow-peril thoughts of its voters, many of whom believed that an alliance with Japan would 'keep the Nip at bay' as long as the Union did not have to send soldiers to fight for them) also swiftly became characterised as villains in Hollywood cinema. In typical Western fashion of the period, Japan and China became greatly confused in films, with the Chinese also bearing the brunt of Union racism of this period.

    A Brother's Dispute (1914) is the allegorical tale of the War of Southern Secession. As war erupts in 1861, two brothers from Maryland are found on either side - on the North, William Spell (Washington Jones) is a noble industrialist, while his Southern brother Benjamin (Thomas Waring) is an obese, arrogant slaveowner owning a lucrative plantation in Virginia. The movie displays their growing disputes over slavery, their ailing mother, and other matters as the war goes on, with Willaim being disgusted by Benjamin's hypocrisy and habit of having affairs with his slaves. In the end, William joins the Union Army and goes to war, while Benjamin is lynched by his cruelly mistreated slaves. A Brother's Dispute is notable for being the first film to be commissioned as propaganda by a government - the Roosevelt administration used it to gather public support for the Great War against the Confederacy, by highlighting the country's origins in slavery and turn Union men and women against the Confederates.

    Similarly, Washington! (1916) is a piece of cleverly designed biographical work which was used as propaganda. The movie depicts a heavily fictionalised and inaccurate version of the life of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his campaigns against the British. The British Empire, one of America's staunch enemies during the Great War, was continually portrayed as buffoonish, with the British generals being constantly defeated by the clever and honest Washington and his bravery. The movie has, in fact, very little to do with the real man, and many inaccuracies are repeated throughout the film; for example, the oft-repeated story of George Washington chopping down the cherry-tree is portrayed as factual.

    Letters to Susanna (1917) is also about the Great War, but is less of a propaganda film, and more of an exploration of life on the American Front. Much of its events come from the real-life letters of an unknown soldier killed in 1917 on the front - his letters to his fiancee at home, Susanna, were given to a Hollywood company by the woman to show the stark truth of the war to viewers at home. The movie is realistic and less overacted, and is partially a documentary - the filmmakers actually went to the trenches and front lines in Virginia to take the films, and were there to actually film an assault on the trenches by a Confederate force. Letters to Susanna was slightly dramatised, but for the most part it was more a stark, realistic look at the front lines as opposed to the upbeat, false propaganda newsreels put out by the government during the War.


    The Soldier in the trenches, preparing for a Confederate assault. Union soldiers frequently wore the pickelhaube helmet on the front lines, and the Union military took many of their ideas from their German advisors.

    A World Half Full (1918) is one of the first films to come out post-war, and is representative of the optimism and belief in a new life that the post Great-War world would grant. Niko Bellic, (Washington Jones), a Ukrainian peasant, arrives to New York fleeing the collapse of Russia and the constant rebellions and repressions of Austrian Ukraine. He immigrates to New York, where he is caught up in the adventures of the New York life, joining the various characters of his street in their fortunes and misfortunes. The movie ends with Niko striking rich with a new invention, marrying his beautiful landlady (Alexandra Peel) and becoming a rich, happy man. The movie portrays the Union as 'the land of the free', where any man may come and make his fortune - many in the bigger cities of the Union were welcoming and optimistic to immigrants - so long as they were from Europe.

    The Millionaires (1920) was a similar movie in this vein. A young carpenter (George Stein) suddenly makes his fortune in selling chairs. He begins to hoard his wealth in his new mansion, but it comes to the attention of four thieves (played by the four Marx Brothers), who undergo many comedic antics to steal his wealth. The movie is considered one of the best films to come out of Hollywood in the 20s, and is a classic for its physical comedic antics and, once again, the portrayal of the Union as a place of opportunity and hope, in contrast to Europe and the Confederacy.


    The thieves zany scheme to be smuggled into the carpenter's house in barrels of kippers goes horribly wrong when they find themselves in a vault full of dynamite in The Millionaires

    Not every movie from this period is a light comedy, however. The Border Run (1920) is a stark, realistic look at the lives of the Black population of the Confederacy. A young black man (played by Thomas Sheppard, the very first African-American actor in Hollywood - previously, black people would appear in the films as the 'comedic negro' and would be played by white people in blackface, as it was somewhat hard to find African-Americans in the Union) from Mississippi is falsely accused of raping the daughter of the plantation owner (Thomas Waring), and is forced to flee for his life for the Union. The movie goes on to describe the perils and pitfalls that he faces, as well as those of many other Blacks in the Confederacy, and how even after slavery has ended their lives have not distinctly improved. The movie ends on an optimistic note, as the man reaches Missouri and exposes the corruption at the heart of the Southern plantations. The film is also notable for the reprisal of the 'fat sweaty southerner' character of Thomas Waring, who became known for this signature role.

    However, by and large, the era was well known for more lighthearted movies with less serious undertones - it is hard to be dramatic without sound, after all. Adventure and fantastical movies became heavily popular at this time. The Last of the Mohicans (1922) is the film version of the famous book. Hawkeye (George Stein) and Chingachgook (Andrew Royal) must rescue two noble ladies from the savage ministrations of the savage Magua the Huron (Patrick O'connell). The movie does not take itself especially seriously, being full of lighthearted comedic moments and adventure. However, it did popularise the 'Indian Films' as a genre to later generations - the films largely being about white or native pathfinders and adventurers fighting wicked British overlords and savage Indian tribesmen. These films were normally set in a highly fictionalised 1750s around the Great Lakes and some in the Revolutionary War, and largely grew to be a staple of Hollywood films.

    Another staple of the film movement that originated in this period is the 'horror' movie. After the invention and popularisation of cinema, some filmmakers attempted to make films that would shock or scare viewers in places - deep psychological horror and others. However, shallow movies intended only to scare the casual cinema goer (who had a taste for being frightened) first began to appear in Union cinemas in this period. Many of these themes tied in with other, less fantastical concepts that terrified the people of the United States, such as, for example, those of Asian descent or Mormons. The Curse of the Mandarins, (1923), taps into such fears. In it, an intrepid journalist (Max Bialystock) is targeted by seduction by a wicked 'Dragon Lady' (played by Mary Ling, Hollywood's first Asian-American actress, and herself subject to large amounts of prejudice as well) from Japan. The Dragon Lady attempts to seduce the hero from his good Midwest wife (Amelia Peterson), and, when this fails, she goes to 'a Mandarin from Japan' to exact her revenge. The Mandarin summons a vicious monster, Fing Fang Foom, to carry away the hero's wife, and he is forced to rescue her from the nefarious clutches of the Mandarin. The film, along with its suspenseful scenes to generate fear in the viewer, also tied in with the people's worry of the greater immigration from Asia in this time. Japan, Indochina, and Korea were frequently conflated in the public eye into one nefarious ethnicity - hence the frequency of inaccuracies such as 'Japanese Mandarins.'


    The Mandarin comforts the Dragon Lady in Curse of the Mandarins

    Despite the public's apparent fear of miscegenation, tales where the heroine is carried off by a mysterious and possibly barbaric man were also common in the Cinema of this period. The Sheikh of Arabia (1924) is of this form, and one of the defining films of the romance genre in this period. Taking its ideas from the 'Barbarian Romances' somewhat popular in literature of this period, which were sold to insecure young women, the film depicts the tragic love between Shaqta Ali Akbah (Andrew Royal), the 'Sheikh of Hidjaz', and intrepid American reporter Susan Jones (Colette Ryan). The Sheikh originally comes across Susan when she is writing an article about the ongoing Arab revolt in the Hedjaz, along with her Ottoman safeguard the wicked Pasha Ishmael (Washington Jones), who greatly desires her. However, the Sheikh is taken by Susan and kidnaps her for his 'harem'. However, she is strongwilled, and frequently tries to escape the Sheikh and his bedouin tribe, but he comes to fall in love with her, and her likewise. Susan attempts to redeem Shaqta, a common theme in such stories (and directly taken from the Barbarian Romances), but her attempts to make him into a civilised individual are foiled by the full-scale war that emerges in Arabia. Shaqta leaves to fight the Ottomans, and is captured by a force led by Pasha Ishmael, and sentenced to death unless he hands Susan over to the Pasha. The Sheikh refuses, and his dramatically executed in full view of Susan, who kills herself. However, the film ends in a not entirely negative note, as the Sultan finds out about Pasha Ishmael's cruelty and has him imprisoned. Such romantic tragedies were common in the romance films of the period, and reportedly had cinemas full of female audiences in tears.


    Sheikh Shaqta Ali Akbah romances Susan Jones in The Sheikh of Arabia
     
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    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Ecuadorian Cinema:

    Unlike most Cinemas of the world, the main theme of Ecuadorian films is Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

    The first Ecuadorian film was Spartacus (1917), a film that depicts the famous gladiator, who led a slave revolt. Spartacus (Augusto San Miguel) manages to escape the Romans, forms a Slave Army and fights against the Roman plutocrats. He defeats many times the Romans, but in 71 BC he is trapped by Pompey (Jorge Enrique). He makes a last stand and he is killed by the Romans. In the end Pompey says that ''If Rome had a Spartacus of it's own, then Rome would have conquered the world.''

    Another great Ecuadorian film, and the one with the largest budget in the history of Ecuadorian cinema, is Alexander the Great (1923). A 2 hours long film, it tells the story of Alexander the Great from Macedonia to India. In the start of the film, Alexander (Vinicio Cepeda) and his father Philip II (Victor Hugo Puentes) face a coalition of Thebans and Athenians. In an epic battle, and thanks to Alexander's military genious, the Macedonians defeat their enemies and Philip is crowned King of Greece.

    However, Philip is soon assasinated and his son, Alexander, becomes King of Macedonia. After defeating the Thebans, Alexander begins his invasion of Persia and conquers this huge Empire. The final battle of the movie (and the most expensive one) is the battle of Hydaspes, where Alexander defeats Porus (Joseph Juan). The movie ends with Alexander's death.
     
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    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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