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3rd Apr '17 4:56:19 AM memememememe
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* ''Film/ThreeHundred''
23rd Mar '17 8:17:33 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' 1968

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23rd Mar '17 8:17:07 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Film/{{Cabiria}}'' -- almost certainly the first, a three-hour AncientRome SwordAndSandal epic made in 1914
* ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade''1968

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* ''Film/{{Cabiria}}'' -- almost certainly the first, a three-hour AncientRome SwordAndSandal epic made in 1914
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* ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade''1968''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' 1968
23rd Mar '17 8:14:05 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Film/DasBoot''


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* ''Film/DasBoot''
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* ''Anime/OdinPhotonSailerStarlight'': Preferrably the uncut full-length version. Although many fan reviewers consider this a failed attempt due to its plodding pace, interchangeable characters, the fact that the story ends abruptly with no resolution (this was actually meant to be a TV series and it shows), and it's blatant [[SerialNumbersFiledOff ripoff]] of [[SpaceBattleshipYamato this epic]]

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* ''Anime/OdinPhotonSailerStarlight'': Preferrably the uncut full-length version. Although many fan reviewers consider this a failed attempt due to its plodding pace, interchangeable characters, the fact that the story ends abruptly with no resolution (this was actually meant to be a TV series and it shows), and it's blatant [[SerialNumbersFiledOff ripoff]] of [[SpaceBattleshipYamato this epic]]epic]].
23rd Mar '17 8:12:31 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Film/KingKong2005''
21st Feb '17 3:50:29 PM margdean56
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Epic movies tend to be character oriented as opposed to simply plot oriented. This does not neccesarily mean that these movies are TalkingHeads sleep inducers. Rather, it means that these epics follow a central main character often amidst a backdrop of a larger event that you often get glimpses of. Indeed, epic films often have very impressive action scenes as that tends to be the reason that these films are big budget in the first place. Additionally, unlike smaller scope films, the central main character in not neccesarily the only viewpoint character. Therefore, viewers often follow the development of multiple characters. These are stories with a beginning, middle, and end and the story ends when the charater's role ends, not when the big background event ends, even if we know that there's more to that event than what was shown in the film (such as an ongoing Great War). Therefore, unlike the SummerBlockbuster, true epics, with few exceptions, tend to be stand alone works that do not credibly lend themselves to sequels, prequels, or the beginning of franchises. Indeed, many attempts to further capitalize on the original story with follow up installments, frequently meet with critical panning.

The music composed for the soundtrack of epics were frequently as memorable as the films themselves. Prolific epic composers include Music/JerryGoldsmith, Music/JohnWilliams, Music/ElmerBernstein, Leonard Rosenmann, Alex North, and Music/JamesHorner. Sweeping orchestral pieces have always been de rigueur for epics.

Particularly long epic movies often had [[MedleyOverture overtures]], intermissions, and entracte'. This was clearly borrowed from the tradition of theatre, especially opera. It gave the impression that these films indeed were special events. These are typically edited out for TV broadcast or pre-DVD home video. This practice was especially prolific during TheSixties, the golden age of international epic films. But it didn't last long after 1970. It is certainly not in current use today due to the fact that ads and trailers already delay the start of a film by almost a half hour. Also, this practice denotes a deliberate, slow paced film, something that is clearly out of fashion among current audiences.

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Epic movies tend to be character oriented as opposed to simply plot oriented. This does not neccesarily necessarily mean that these movies are TalkingHeads sleep inducers. Rather, it means that these epics follow a central main character character, often amidst a backdrop of a larger event that you often get glimpses of. Indeed, epic films often have very impressive action scenes as that tends to be the reason that these films are big budget in the first place. Additionally, unlike smaller scope films, the central main character in is not neccesarily necessarily the only viewpoint character. Therefore, viewers often follow the development of multiple characters. These are stories with a beginning, middle, and end and the story ends when the charater's character's role ends, not when the big background event ends, even if we know that there's more to that event than what was shown in the film (such as an ongoing Great War). Therefore, unlike the SummerBlockbuster, true epics, with few exceptions, tend to be stand alone stand-alone works that do not credibly lend themselves to sequels, prequels, or the beginning of franchises. Indeed, many attempts to further capitalize on the original story with follow up installments, frequently meet with critical panning.

The music composed for the soundtrack of epics were frequently as memorable as the films themselves. Prolific epic composers include Music/JerryGoldsmith, Music/JohnWilliams, Music/ElmerBernstein, Leonard Rosenmann, Alex North, and Music/JamesHorner. Sweeping orchestral pieces have always been de rigueur ''de rigueur'' for epics.

Particularly long epic movies often had [[MedleyOverture overtures]], intermissions, and entracte'.entr'actes. This was clearly borrowed from the tradition of theatre, especially opera. It gave the impression that these films indeed were special events. These are typically edited out for TV broadcast or pre-DVD home video. This practice was especially prolific during TheSixties, the golden age of international epic films. But it didn't last long after 1970. It is certainly not in current use today due to the fact that ads and trailers already delay the start of a film by almost a half hour. Also, this practice denotes a deliberate, slow paced film, something that is clearly out of fashion among current audiences.
4th Feb '17 12:59:26 AM yoav15951
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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': a rare animated example


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* ''Film/MyFairLady''
28th Jan '17 11:23:04 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/{{Shiri}}''
* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''



* ''Film/{{Shiri}}''



* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''
28th Jan '17 11:20:50 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/{{Reds}}''
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