Post by Bruce Tackett on Jun 11, 2021 16:51:56 GMT
Master and Commander, 2003, starring Russel Crowe is one of the best movies I'd ever seen. It is a realistic depiction of a British Naval ship during the Napoleanic War. I came across this article this morning:
I didn't know the movie was based upon a book, one in a series of books. The books were written by Patrick O'Brien. I'm always on the lookout for a good read, so I just went to Amazon and ordered Master and Commander, which is No. 1 of 21 books.
Patrick O’Brian’s 21-book Aubrey-Maturin series was an obvious goldmine. The wind-whipped adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin, which span nearly the full 15 years of the Napoleonic Wars, from 1803 to 1815 (but took double that time to write: the first novel was published in 1969; the last, unfinished one in 1999) offered a saltily tempting blend of action-adventure, film-fan friendly superheroics, and proven commercial success (according to Publishers Weekly, the series has sold over six million copies).
Writing in The New York Times Book Review in January 1991, Richard Snow called them “the best historical novels ever written. On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.”
That's one of my favorites also. You should check out the Horatio Hornblower books and movies also, very good. Sharpes Rifles and the other flicks in that series are good from the Army side of that era.
Yep....Master and Commander was great as was the Hornblower books by C.S. Forester Master and Commander did a great job of showing war at sea.....they showed an amputation but they missed showing men impaled by splinters Big sharp pieces of wood were commonly dislodged during sea battles inflicting terrible wounds upon the men Couple of trivia things.....in the beginning when the bosun is going down the gundeck, a cannon is shown with the name "Jumping Billy", which was the name of a cannon aboard the U.S.S. Constitution. Also when the young seamen go to the captain with the model of the French ship, that model was also of the U.S.S. Constitution. One of them tells how he or a family member saw it being built in Boston which is where the Constitution was built and is berthed, the oldest active commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy
Another bit of Trivia: A few times in the movie the Captain and the surgeon get together for a violin and cello concerto. Russell Crowe learned to play violin for the film and referred to it as the hardest thing he'd ever done for a film.