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Molly Hall
Rachel Weisz as Hypatia
Sunday January 23, 2011

The movie Agora with Rachel Weisz, is a journey back in time to classical antiquity. The timeless Piscean beauty Weisz (born March 7th, 1970) plays the philosopher Hypatia, who lived in a city in a state of social chaos, Alexandria (Egypt) in the 4th Century AD, dying in March of 415 AD.

There are scenes of Hypatia stargazing, one where she says, "Venus and Mars share a house in Aquarius. My father would've celebrated such a conjunction with a good wine." Many are in love with the luminous Hypatia, but her love affair is with the entire cosmos. In the film, she makes a discovery about the path of the wanderers (planets) around the Sun.

The director Alejandro Amenabar, who made another favorite of mine, The Others, says his inspiration came from a night under the stars, when he saw the Milky Way. He himself traveled back with his research, and found the story of Hypatia, whose work was destroyed along with the library of Alexandria. It's a reminder of historic dark ages, when knowledge and learned people were demonized.

In Agora, the camera pans out so far that we see the Earth, as if from a distance. We can see Earth from that place of timelessness in space, and also visit 4th Century Alexandria, from the intimate, ground-level view. For me, this added to the sense of wonder, that we live under the same sky as they did. Mars is even in Aquarius right now, too (in the Tropical system, not the sidereal). If you haven't yet seen it, Agora is a great one for your Netflix queue.


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