Wolfgang Petersen's ‘Troy'

Strictly speaking, Troy isn’t an adaptation of The Iliad. The closing credits of Wolfgang Petersen’s production tell us that David Benioff’s screenplay was “inspired” by Homer’s epic. But actually most of the movie is an expensive guess at what inspired Homer. If a Trojan War really took place, what was it like?

Petersen and his collaborators seem to have been serving three urges while making Troy. First, there is that “real...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.