I highly recommend the film AGORA by Alejandro Amenábar (who also directed the Others) now out on DVD. This is a movie about ideas, a drama based on the ancient war between science and superstition. Sortie le 06 janvier 2010 Synopsis : En Sélection officielle Hors Compétition au â¦ In Agora we are treated to a sample of Hypatia's life both before and after Christian zealots destroyed the library entrusted to Hypatia's family, a sister library to the main library across town. Weisz is an excellent Hypatia. In Part III, I’ll look at the major characters, how they were portrayed in the film and what we know about their real lives. Bibliography. Married only to her unquenchable intellect and passion for mathematics and astronomy, she is loved by two men: her slave, Davus (Max Minghella), and her student, Orestes (Oscar Isaac).Politics in the film are weakest during the overtly political speeches and monologues, and best captured in the details. Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora is a work of hagiography, and, for that matter, of anti-hagiography. It a moving testament that appears as a tribute of an extraordinary woman accompanied by merriment of coherent principles. Noble goals and a gripping performance from Rachel Weisz can't save Agora from its muddled script, uneven acting, and choppy editing. Redux Well, it's been just over a year since I wrote my article on Alejandro Amenábar's film Agora and expressed my misgivings that it would perpetuate some Gibbonian myths about how Hypatia of Alexandria was some kind of martyr for science, how wicked Christians destroyed "the Great Library of Alexandria" in AD 391 and how her murder and the Library's destruction ushered in the Dark Ages. Deakin, Michael A.B.