Helen of Troy Movie Analysis

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Title of the Movie: Helen of Troy

Directed By: John Kent Harrison

Produced By: Ted Kurdyla
Written By: Ronni Kern
Starring:
Sienna Guillory as Helen
Matthew Marsden as Paris
John Rhys-Davies as King Priam of Troy
Emilia Fox as Cassandra, Princess of Troy
Rufus Sewell as Agamemnon
Stellan Skarsgård as Theseus
Joe Montana as Achilles
Katie Blake as Clytemnestra
Craig Kelly as Pollux
Manuel Cauchi as Paris’ Father
Kristina Paris as Iphigenia

Music By: Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography: Edward J. Pai

Editing By: Michael D. Ornstein

Distributed By: Universal Home Entertainment

Release Date: April 20, 2003

Running Time: 177 minutes

Country: Canada

Language: English

Movie Classification: Miniseries

Prologue:

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Agamemnon suggests to Menelaus that he should have Helen present herself nude before the other suitors, as a way for him to demonstrate that their marriage is worth the suitors' protection. While Helen is bathing, Clytemnestra tries to dissuade her from doing as Menelaus asks, but is unsuccessful. Before Helen leaves, she says to Clytemnestra, "They can look all they want, but they'll never see me." The doors open and Helen walks naked through the crowd of men, to great appreciation. She stops before Menelaus, then turns around and steps onto a dais, putting her naked body in full view of everyone in the room. Agamemnon is clearly feasting his eyes on Helen's body throughout her presentation.

Meanwhile, Paris' favorite bull is taken for the Trojan tribute games. Paris insists on competing, despite his father's protests. After winning in every competition and being recognized by his sister Cassandra, Paris is welcomed by an overjoyed Priam to Troy. Cassandra and his elder brother Hector are upset at their father's decision.

Paris is sent to Sparta to draw out a peace treaty with the Atreids, Agamemnon and Menelaus. His treaty is refused and Agamemnon plots to have him murdered. While there, however, he recognizes Helen as she is standing naked on the dais. Later, he prevents her from committing suicide. He then gains her love, and she helps him flee. Together they sail to Troy.

When Menelaus finds this out, he demands that his brother launch war on Troy and the